Announcement of Window to File Claims Against the Diocese of Winona-Rochester

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota has announced that they will be filing for bankruptcy and opening a claims process for anyone who was abused by a priest, nun, or any other church-affiliated individual within their diocesan borders.

We are sharing this information relating to the bankruptcy and filings at the request of the church officials from Winona-Rochester. Here you can find the form used to file a claim as well as a notice of bankruptcy and a copy of the diocesan publication notice. Please note that all claims must be completed and received by the diocese prior to April 8, 2019.

If you were abused by anyone within the Diocese of Winona-Rochester we encourage you to learn more about the bankruptcy process. Previous to filling a form please review with an attorney or engage an attorney to represent your interests. We also encourage you to make a report of your abuse to independent law enforcement agency before filing a claim. Your report may substantiate the accusation of another victim.  Reporting to the police or other agency makes the complaint public so that others, not just church officials, know about your experience and your perpetrator.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or visit the Diocese of Winona-Rochester website.

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