My dear friends,
Please read the statement below from the attorneys of our Bishop regarding the recent allegation that was made against him. Please keep all involved in your prayers.
God bless,
Father Wilson

August 14, 2019
RE: Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone

A lawsuit has been filed in State Court in Nassau County, New York, by Timothy Powers in which he alleges that Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone sexually abused him in 1978-1979, while serving as a priest at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Amityville, New York, in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. This firm represents Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone.

The following is our statement:
"These allegations are false, provably false. As the plaintiff admitted to a family member, he made this up in order to get money from the Church ("it's worth a try," the plaintiff said). Bishop Guglielmone is a good man who has devoted his entire career to the church, education, and community service. Although he was under no obligation to do so, he submitted himself to a polygraph examination, which he passed. We will not allow these false allegations to tarnish the outstanding and selfless work he has done throughout his life. We will see the plaintiff in Court and the Bishop will be cleared."
—Bruce Barket & Aida Leisenring, Attorneys for Bishop Guglielmone

The following is Bishop Robert Guglielmone's statement:
"I understand that this individual filed a lawsuit against me today. The allegations are false. I engaged in no wrongdoing. I look forward to being vindicated in Court, and will refer specific questions about my defense to my attorneys, Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP."
—Bishop Robert Guglielmone

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08-11-2019Father Gregory Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
August 10th marked eight years since I came to St. Mary’s as your pastor. When I arrived, I was immediately impressed by the warmth and devotion of the faithful here. The loving support that you have shown me personally over the past few weeks has only increased my admiration for the good people of this parish. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all who have expressed their prayers and support. I could not be more grateful. It’s time now to get back into the mission. Saint Mary’s is a large parish with many wonderful ministries and opportunities to deepen our faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s dive back into the mission with renewed dedication and enthusiasm for what Christ has called us to do – to learn how to be a saint. So, let’s do it…

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