Since my installation in January, I have had the joyful opportunity to visit many of the Diocese'sparishes, schools and ministries. Thank you for your commitment to the pursuit of holiness andmission in every dimension of your lives. Thank you for your intimacy with Father, Son andHoly Spirit and your deep desire to share your Catholic faith on Long Island and to beinstruments of dramatic missionary growth. Your commitment to the Catholic Church'sEucharistic Mission of Mercy to the World has inspired me at every turn.
As your Servant Successor of the Apostles and as your Shepherd, I am now asking all of ustogether to take a new and important step in the Church's Eucharistic Mission of Mercy byannouncing that the Diocese of Rockville Centre will be making a major commitment to theongoing healing of survivors of acts of child sexual abuse committed by clergy.
As you may have heard, I announced this past week the lndependent Reconciliation andCompensation Program (IRCP) for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. This program follows yearsof meaningful and ever vigilant steps taken in this Diocese to protect children and youth. It is acritical and tangible next step towards reconciliation, healing and compensation for survivors ofacts of abuse committed by diocesan clergy.
Our Program will be administered by Mr. Kenneth Feinberg, a preeminent mediator in thecountry who has administered numerous high-profile compensation programs, including theSeptember 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the Compensation Fund for the victims of theBP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Feinberg will be aided by his colleague, Ms. Camille Biros, in this effort.
October 15, 2017