Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Report Misconduct - Diocesan Clergy, Religious, Employees or Volunteers

If you have a complaint of suspected misconduct involving diocesan clergy, religious, employees or volunteers, contact Victims Assistance Coordinator, Terrianne Yanulavich, LMHC, PhD. Lic, 000186, NPI:  1356531149, 5050 Route 374 Merrill, NY 12955; email: terrianneyanulavich@yahoo.com  Phone: Day time is 518-651-2267, evenings: 518-569-0612 or Father Christopher Carrara, the Episcopal Vicar of Personnel at 315-393-2920 , ext. 1340.  As part of the efforts of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg to protect children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries, it is important that your report identify:

.The child or children in danger,

.The name of the suspected abuser,

.As well as your name, address and phone number as part of your report.

Making a report to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, in no way, means that you should not make a report to police or child protective agencies.

Report Misconduct - Diocesan Bishop

If you have a complaint of suspected sexual abuse or related misconduct involving diocesan bishop, contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at (800) 276-1562 or www.ReportBishopAbuse.org.  Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities.  Your report must include:

  • The name of the U.S. Catholic Bishop you are reporting;
  • A description of the allegation, the place where it occurred, and the timeframe of when it occurred, as best you can remember.
  • It will be helpful if the report also includes as many relevant details as possible, such as the names of other individuals involved, as well as dates, times, known circumstances, or other information useful to assess the facts of the situation.

If you have any other kind of complaint about a bishop, such as parish assignments, church closings, or homily contents, please address those directly to the diocesan bishop.

NOTE:  Sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer of the church should be reported to the Victims Assistance Coordinator (see above).

The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting System is a third-party service for gathering and relaying to appropriate Church authorities reports of sexual abuse or misconduct by U.S. Catholic bishops. Reports made will be forwarded to the proper Church authority, usually a Metropolitan archbishop (or a Senior Suffragan bishop if the report is about the Metropolitan, or if the Metropolitan See is vacant). The Metropolitan archbishop for the Diocese of Ogdensburg is currently Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Individuals filing reports will be given an access number and personal password to follow-up on the status of the report.