Father William Ward
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned As Follows:
- 1951: St. Leo’s (Winston-Salem, NC)
- 1952: St. Joseph’s (Albion, NY)
- 1953-1955: St. Stephen (Buffalo, NY)
- 1956-1962: Basilica of Our Lady of Victory (Lackawanna, NY)
- 1963-1966: Working Boys Home of the Sacred Heart (Buffalo, NY)
- 1967: Our Lady of Loreto (Falconer, NY)
- 1968-1970: Prince of Peace (Niagara Falls, NY)
- 1971-1978: St. Charles (Niagara Falls, NY)
- 1979: Bishop Burke Manor (Buffalo, NY)
- 1980-1997: Our Lady of Fatima (Elba, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Ward:
Father William Ward was ordained to the priesthood in 1950. According to media reports, in March 2018 his name was added to the Diocese of Buffalo‘s list of priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It only included deceased priests with more than one substantiated claim of abuse against them. He is believed to have retired in 1998, and lived in Clarence and Buffalo until his death in 2008.
According to media reports, in August 2019, Father Ward one of many priests named in a lawsuit filed under the New York Child Victims Act. The approximate number of victims is unknown.
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.