Man Victimized by Local Priest Looks for Answers

By Siobhan Morris
October 5, 2010

A man, sexually abused by a local priest, hopes sharing his experience will shine a light on the St. Catharines Diocese.

Mike Blum was assaulted by his parish priest, Donald Grecco at St. Stephen's in Cayuga in the late 1970s, when he was 14 years old.

Grecco, ordained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines, has admitted to abuse against Blum and two other altar boys in Cayuga and at St. Kevin's in Welland.

Grecco will be criminally sentenced in Hamilton, October 29th.

Now Blum is after what his lawyer calls "a full measure of justice".

Blum has filed a civil suit against Grecco, the Diocese and its former Bishop James Wingle.

Blum says when he approached two Monsignors in 2005, they seemed concerned with an upcoming golf trip and said there was little they could do.

Wingle resigned his post as Bishop suddenly in April, just weeks after Donald Grecco plead guilty.

In a letter to parishioners in August, Wingle says he is in the Holy Land, working on a book.

The St. Catharines Diocese tells 610 CKTB News Monsignor Wayne Kirkpatrick will comment on the civil suit on Thursday.

Blum has set up a toll free phone line and an e-mail address.

He hopes to hear from anyone with information on Grecco, Wingle or the Diocese or other victims of clerical abuse.

Call 1-866-674-4994 or write to


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