Fr. Samuel J. Venne

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Retired, in residence at St. Stephen’s on Grand Island when placed on leave in 4/18 due to allegations of past child sex abuse, dating to 1980 at Our Lady of Pompei in Depew. Reportedly accused twice. Other assignments included parishes in Buffalo, Batavia, South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, a Pendleton nursing home and Boy Scouts chaplain and scoutmaster. Per the diocese in 6/18, the allegations against Venne were substantiated. To remain on leave pending determination by Vatican. Venne denied the allegations. Removed from diocesan payroll 5/1/20 in bankruptcy agreement. In 11/20 the Vatican suspended Venne for 7 years. Venne appealed the Vatican’s decision. Refusing in 6/21 to join the diocese’s monitoring program for credibly accused priests.

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