Fr. Gerard Smyczynski
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned As Follows:
- 1981: Our Mother of Good Counsel Church (Blasdell, NY)
- 1982: Infant of Prague (Cheektowaga, NY)
- 1983: Sick Leave
- 1984: Not indexed
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gerard Smyczynski:
Father Gerard Smyczynski was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. He was removed from ministry in 1985, amidst allegations of child sexual abuse. In March 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released an updated list of clergy members who had more than one credible accusation of child sexual abuse against them. Father Gerard Smyczynski was included, but no information was disclosed regarding the specific allegations against him. It noted that he died in 1999.
According to media reports, the abuse allegedly occurred in the 1980s, when Father Smyczynski was a priest in the Diocese of Buffalo. The Diocese said in a written statement, “With regard to the Reverend Gerard Smyczynski, now deceased, his faculties were removed in 1985 and his name is included on the list of credibly accused clergy. The Diocese – now under the interim leadership of Bishop Edward Scharfenberger as Apostolic Administrator – is assessing the appropriate level of additional detail relating to those credibly accused that may be provided as part of the Diocese’s ongoing reporting, which may contribute to the healing of survivors who continue to be our first priority.”
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.