Fr. Ronald Sciera – Diocese of Buffalo

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2023 | Catholic Church

Fr. Ronald Sciera

Diocese of Buffalo

Ronald Sciera Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961

Retired: 2020

Administrative Leave: 2021

Assignment History

  • 1961-1962: Holy Family Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1962-1971: St. Peter Church & St. Anthony Church (Leroy, NY)
  • 1971-1973: St. Aloysius Church (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 1973-1979: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1979-2000: Precious Blood Church (Angola, NY)
  • 1965-1981 – Buffalo youth trips organizer
  • 1985: Contributor to catholic radio programs

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Monsignor Ronald Sciera:

In 2021, Monsignor Ronald Sciera of the Diocese of Buffalo was named in confidential documents containing information about sexual abuse allegations when a lawsuit was filed through the federal bankruptcy court as part of its chapter 11 reorganization proceeding. According to media reports, Fr. Sciera allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old in 1972 while assigned to St. Aloysius in Cheektowaga. Sciera denied the accusation and claimed he had a friendship with Pope John Paul II. Sciera was placed on administrative leave in September 2021 pending investigation.

After learning about these claims, the diocese notified the appropriate District Attorneys and reported them to the Independent Review Board. In February 2023, the review board substantiated the allegations and deemed them credible. Sciera is retired and residing in Florida. Sciera is now among 86 priests on a list of Buffalo Diocese clergy with substantiated claims of abuse against them, as determined by the diocese. In addition, 23 religious order priests who had served in the Buffalo Diocese have been identified as having substantiated abuse claims.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Contact us at 888-283-9922 or [email protected] to discuss your options today.