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North Dakota Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys

North Dakota Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against Roman Catholic Church Dioceses

Documents recently released by the Roman Catholic Church have exposed the magnitude of cases involving childhood sexual abuse by religious authority figures working in parochial schools and parishes. The many lawsuits filed by victims reveal how the sexual molestation shattered the bond between the young parishioner and the priest in charge of providing him or her spiritual guidance.

Church officials could have avoided many of these incidents had they performed background checks and taken precautions when hiring clergymen, volunteers, teachers, religious leaders, and other faithful staff members.

Survivors of unspeakable sexual abuse are coming forward decades after suffering in silence with ongoing physical and psychological damage. If you were sexually assaulted or have a loved one victimized through abuse,  a clergy abuse lawyer with the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help.

Our caring team of legal representatives will fight on your behalf to protect your rights and provide a safe place to talk about what happened. Our clergy sexual abuse injury lawyers are ready to hear your story. We will use our comprehensive understanding of North Dakota tort law to present and win your case to ensure the sexual perpetrator faces financial consequences.

Clergy Sexual Assault – The Problem Remains

In March 2020, lawyers conducting investigations into clergy member abuse recommended that the state legislature should extend the North Dakota statute of limitations. The recommendation came after the Roman Catholic diocese had revealed its hidden files on accused predatory priests.

Two months earlier, the Dioceses of Bismarck and Fargo released a list identifying fifty-three accused of sexually molesting underage children. However, many of the sexual assaults on young minors occurred decades ago.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

The effects of sexual assault on a victim can negatively alter his or her sense of well-being and lead to significant sleeping disorders, substance abuse, self-injury, ongoing depression, and suicidal ideation (thinking about suicide).

Many sexual abuse survivors ultimately take their lives after reaching a point where they could no longer deal with the unbearable aftereffects of being abused when very young. Young teens and children assaulted by religious leaders can, over time, develop unhealthy eating habits, engage in risky behavior, or start living an oversexualized lifestyle.

Find Justice

In March 2010, Bishop John Magee of Ireland resigned from his position as a papal aide for Pope Benedict XVI after law enforcement charged the Reverend was covering up sexual assault cases committed by Ireland priests. One instance covered up involved Father John (Brendan) Smyth, who was charged with sexually molesting Saint Alphonsus Parish altar boys in Langdon between 1979 and 1983.

The two alleged predatory priests also worked at other parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, including in Ellendale and Park River. After the Roman Catholic Church in North Dakota removed the Reverend, he was sentenced for his offenses and died in prison.

North Dakota Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In North Dakota, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The two dioceses and their Bishops manage more than 230 Churches and thirty-two Catholic schools throughout the state (listed below), providing services to thousands of registered Catholics, parochial school children, and catechism students living in fifty-three counties.

North Dakota Dioceses

Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo
5201 Bishops Blvd
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 235-6429

Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck
520 N Washington St
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 222-3035

North Dakota Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Our network of affiliate lawyers understands how difficult it is to speak out about how a shameful clergy member caused you harm. We know that the church uses its power to push back and say that what happened was not its fault.

However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, on your side, you will never deal with the church or predatory religious leader alone. We will ensure that all those responsible will hear your shocking story when we settle your case or present evidence in front of a judge and jury.

Let us start working on your lawsuit today before the North Dakota statute of limitations expires on your case. Speak to us now so we can file all the necessary paperwork quickly. Moving forward and beginning the process can help ensure no one else is ever sexually abused by a religious authority again. We will obtain a monetary recovery on your behalf while protecting your rights.

Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.

All North Dakota Churches:

  • Ascension Catholic Parish, Bismarck
  • Assumption Abbey Catholic Parish, Richardton
  • Assumption Church, Dickey
  • Assumption Church, Pembina
  • Assumption Church, Starkweather
  • Blessed Sacrament Church, West Fargo
  • Carmel of Mary Monastery, Wahpeton
  • Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo
  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Bismarck
  • Christ the King Catholic Parish, Mandan
  • Christ the King Church, Tokio
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Parish, Bismarck
  • Diocese of Fargo Pastoral Center, Fargo
  • Epiphany Catholic Parish, Watford City
  • Holy Cross Church, West Fargo
  • Holy Family Church, Grand Forks
  • Holy Family Church, McClusky
  • Holy Rosary Church, Bisbee
  • Holy Rosary Church, LaMoure
  • Holy Spirit Church, Fargo
  • Holy Spirit Church, Nortonville
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Hettinger
  • Holy Trinity Church, Fingal
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Max
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Minot AFB
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rock Lake
  • Maryvale Convent, Valley City
  • Nativity Church, Fargo
  • Notre Dame Church, Willow City
  • Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Parish, Alexander
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish, Minot
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Balta
  • Our Lady of Peace Church, Mayville
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Reynolds
  • Our Lady of the Scapular Church, Sheldon
  • Queen of Peace Catholic Parish, Dickinson
  • Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Parish, Stanley
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Glen Ullin
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Plaza
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Reeder
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Scranton
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Wilton
  • Sacred Heart Church, Aneta
  • Sacred Heart Church, Cando
  • Sacred Heart Church, Minto
  • Sacred Heart Church, Oakwood
  • Sacred Heart Church, Rolette
  • Sacred Heart Church, Sanborn
  • Saint Anne Catholic Parish, Bismarck
  • Seven Dolors Mission, Fort Totten
  • Spirit of Life Catholic Parish, Mandan
  • St. Agatha’s Church, Hope
  • St. Agnes Catholic Parish, Kenmare
  • St. Agnes Church, Hunter
  • St. Aloysius Church, Lisbon
  • St. Alphonsus Church, Langdon
  • St. Andrew’s Church, Westhope
  • St. Andrew’s Church, Zeeland
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish, Berthold
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish, Hebron
  • St. Ann’s Church, Belcourt
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Linton
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Mandaree
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, New Town
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, St. Anthony
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Alcide
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Fairmount
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Fargo
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Mooreton
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Selz
  • St. Arnold’s Church, Milnor
  • St. Augustine’s Church, Fessenden
  • St. Benedict’s Church, Belcourt
  • St. Benedict’s Church, Horace
  • St. Bernard Catholic Parish, Belfield
  • St. Bernard’s Church, Oriska
  • St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish, Underwood
  • St. Boniface Catholic Parish, Grenora
  • St. Boniface Church, Esmond
  • St. Boniface Church, Lidgerwood
  • St. Boniface Church, Walhalla
  • St. Boniface Church, Wimbledon
  • St. Bridget Catholic Parish, Parshall
  • St. Brigid’s Church, Cavalier
  • St. Catherine Catholic Parish, Turtle Lake
  • St. Catherine’s Church, Valley City
  • St. Cecilia’s Church, Harvey
  • St. Cecilia’s Church, Towner
  • St. Cecilia’s Church, Velva
  • St. Charles Catholic Parish, Bowman
  • St. Charles Church, Oakes
  • St. Clement Oratory Catholic Parish, Glen Ullin
  • St. David’s Church, Ashley
  • St. Demetrius (Ukrainian) Catholic Parish, Belfield
  • St. Edward’s Church, Drayton
  • St. Edward’s Church, Nekoma
  • St. Edwin Catholic Parish, Washburn
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish, Lefor
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish, Makoti
  • St. Elizabeth’s Church, Sykeston
  • St. Francis Church, Steele
  • St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Anamoose
  • St. George’s Church, Cooperstown
  • St. Gertrude Catholic Parish, Raleigh
  • St. Helena’s Church, Ellendale
  • St. Henry Catholic Parish, Regent
  • St. Hildegard Catholic Parish, Menoken
  • St. James Basilica, Jamestown
  • St. James Catholic Parish, Powers Lake
  • St. James Catholic Parish, Sherwood
  • St. Jerome Catholic Parish, Mohall
  • St. Jerome’s Church, Crow Hill
  • St. Joachim’s Church, Rolla
  • St. John Catholic Parish, Lansford
  • St. John the Apostle Catholic Parish, Minot
  • St. John the Baptist (Ukrainian) Catholic Parish, Belfield
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Beach
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, New Leipzig
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Portal
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Trenton
  • St. John’s Church, Grafton
  • St. John’s Church, Kensal
  • St. John’s Church, New Rockford
  • St. John’s Church, Pisek
  • St. John’s Church, St. John
  • St. John’s Church, Wahpeton
  • St. John’s Church, Wyndmere
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Beulah
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Bowbells
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Dickinson
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Grant County (Lake Tschida)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Killdeer
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Mandan
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Twin Buttes
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Williston
  • St. Joseph’s Church, Devils Lake
  • St. Joseph’s Church, Lankin
  • St. Joseph’s Church, Tolna
  • St. Jude’s Church, Thompson
  • St. Katherine Catholic Parish, Braddock
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Parish, Flasher
  • St. Lawrence Church, Jessie
  • St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Catholic Church, Michigan
  • St. Leo Catholic Parish, Minot
  • St. Leo’s Church, Casselton
  • St. Luke Catholic Parish, Noonan
  • St. Luke’s Church, Veseleyville
  • St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Buchanan
  • St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Drake
  • St. Mark’s Church, Bottineau
  • St. Martin Catholic Parish, Center
  • St. Martin Catholic Parish, Hazen
  • St. Martin Catholic Parish, Huff
  • St. Martin’s Church, Geneseo
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Bismarck
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Foxholm
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Golva
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Hague
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Marmarth
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Medora
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, New England
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Richardton
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, South Heart
  • St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Parish, Almont
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lakota
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Munich
  • St. Mary’s Church, Dazey
  • St. Mary’s Church, Forman
  • St. Mary’s Church, Grand Forks
  • St. Mary’s Church, Knox
  • St. Mary’s Church, Medina
  • St. Mary’s Church, Park River
  • St. Mathias Church, Windsor
  • St. Maurice Church, Kindred
  • St. Mel Catholic Parish, Rhame
  • St. Michael (Ukrainian) Catholic Parish, Minot
  • St. Michael Catholic Parish, Linton
  • St. Michael Catholic Parish, Ray
  • St. Michael’s Church, Dunseith
  • St. Michael’s Church, Grand Forks
  • St. Michael’s Church, Pingree
  • St. Michael’s Church, Wales
  • St. Michael’s Mission, Devils Lake
  • St. Nicholas Catholic Parish, Garrison
  • St. Olaf’s Church, Finley
  • St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Crosby
  • St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Dickinson
  • St. Patrick’s Church, Crystal
  • St. Patrick’s Church, Enderlin
  • St. Patrick’s Parish, Fullerton
  • St. Patrick’s Church, Wishek
  • St. Paul Catholic Parish, Halliday
  • St. Paul Catholic Parish, Hazelton
  • St. Paul’s Church, Tappen
  • St. Paul’s Newman Center, Fargo
  • St. Peter, Catholic Indian Mission Catholic Parish, Fort Yates
  • St. Philip’s Church, Hankinson
  • St. Philip’s Church, Napoleon
  • St. Philomena Catholic Parish, Glenburn
  • St. Pius V Catholic Parish, New Salem
  • St. Raphael’s Church, Verona
  • St. Rose Catholic Church, Hillsboro
  • St. Stanislaus Church, Warsaw
  • St. Stephen Catholic Parish, Richardton
  • St. Stephen’s Church, Larimore
  • St. Theresa Catholic Parish, Carson
  • St. Therese Church, Rugby
  • St. Therese, Church of the Little Flower Catholic Parish, Minot
  • St. Thomas Church, Buffalo
  • St. Thomas Newman Center, Grand Forks
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish, Gladstone
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Tioga
  • St. Timothy’s Church, Manvel
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, Crown Butte (Mandan)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, Mott
  • St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church, Leeds
  • St. Vincent’s Church, Gwinner
  • St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish, Dickinson
  • St. William’s Church, Argusville
  • St. William’s Church, Maddock
  • Sts. Anne and Joachim Church, Fargo
  • Sts. Nereus and Achilleus Church, Neche
  • Sts. Peter & Paul (Ukrainian) Catholic Parish, Wilton
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Parish, New Hradec
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, Strasburg
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, McHenry
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, Bechyne
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, Cayuga
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, Karlsruhe
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, Mantador
  • Transfiguration Church, Edgeley

North Dakota Catholic Schools:

  • Bishop Ryan Elementary Catholic School, Minot
  • Bishop Ryan Secondary Catholic School, Minot
  • Cathedral Grade School, Bismarck
  • Christ the King School, Mandan
  • Holy Family / St. Mary’s Elementary, Grand Forks
  • Holy Spirit Elementary, Fargo
  • Light of Christ Catholic Schools, Bismarck
  • Little Flower Elementary, Rugby
  • Nativity Elementary, Fargo
  • Saint Anne School, Bismarck
  • Saint John Paul II Catholic Schools, Fargo
  • Shanley High School, Fargo
  • St. Alphonsus Elementary, Langdon
  • St. Ann Elementary, Belcourt
  • St. Bernard Mission School, Fort Yates
  • St. Catherine Elementary, Valley City
  • St. John Academy, Jamestown
  • St. John Elementary, Wahpeton
  • St. Joseph Elementary, Devils Lake
  • St. Joseph School, Mandan
  • St. Joseph School, Williston
  • St. Mary’s Academy, Bismarck
  • St. Mary’s Central High School, Bismarck
  • St. Mary’s Grade School, Bismarck
  • St. Michael Elementary, Grand Forks
  • Sullivan Middle School, Fargo
  • Trinity Catholic Schools, Dickinson
  • Trinity Elementary East, Dickinson
  • Trinity Elementary North, Dickinson
  • Trinity Elementary West, Dickinson
  • Trinity Elementary, West Fargo
  • Trinity Junior High and High School, Dickinson
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