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A brief announcement related to the Diocese's bankruptcy:

For some time now, the Diocese has been actively engaged in mediation with the creditors' Committee,

which represents the interests of abuse survivors.  The Diocese's insurance carriers have been also 

participated in mediation as we work to establish a pool of settlement funds to provide some measure of 

restitution and, we pray, closure for survivors.

Any ultimate settlement will need to be funded by monetary contributions sourced from across our 

Catholic community, including from the Diocese, parishes, and other affiliated Catholic entities, as well

as from the available insurance assets.  While confidential settlement discussions continue, our Catholic 

community must remain steadfast in supporting survivors and dedicating available resources to the healing.

To the end, the Diocese, in close consultation with the priests who make up the parish steering committee,

is making a commitment that the collective contribution of out Catholic Community, not including any insurance

monies, will be at least $100 million.

We recognize that honoring this commitment will be challenging, but it is absolutely necessary that we do

everything in out power to set things right, to move beyond this dark chapter in our history, and move forward

as together we work to rebuild and renew our Church.

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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