Diocesan Review Board

ABOUT THE REVIEW BOARD

In accordance with the Essential Norms, the Diocese has established a Diocesan Review Board that will assist the Bishop and the Diocese in determining and responding to allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. This Review Board is composed of at least five persons and no more than nine, of outstanding integrity and good judgment, in full communion with the Church. The majority of the members of this Board are laypersons who are not in the employ of the Diocese. At least one member is a priest who is an experienced and respected pastor of the Diocese. At least one member has expertise in the treatment of sexual abuse of minors. The appointments of these members will be staggered in order to ensure continuity and may be renewed at the discretion of the Diocesan Bishop. The Promoter of Justice, while not a member of the Board, may participate in its meetings.

The functions of the Board include:

• Advising the Bishop in his assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors and his determination of the accused clergy member’s suitability for ministry;
• Reviewing diocesan policies for dealing with sexual abuse of minors;
• May be asked to offer advice on all aspects of these cases, whether retrospectively or prospectively.

In order to provide the Diocesan Review Board with sufficient information for their consideration, the Diocesan Bishop will designate a private investigative agency.

MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN REVIEW BOARD

Robert Boyce, Chair
Retired from a 35-year career at New York City Police Department, former Chief of Detectives, experienced in a magnitude of criminal investigations, including sex and cyber crimes.

Thomas J. Principe, Vice-Chair
Attorney in Private Practice, Former Assistant District Attorney, Judge Advocate General, JAG Lawyer (Military’s Judicial Arm)

Gena Diacomanolis, JD
An attorney with expertise in dealing with victims of violence, including child sexual abuse

Joseph Fox
Retired from a 37-year career at the New York City Police Department, 21 as a Chief. He is currently a practicing life coach and trains executive leaders.

Madeline E. Hogan, R.N.
Registered Professional Nurse for 51 years, Master of Science-Nursing, Master of Arts-Theology, Professor Emerita- Nassau Community College, Nursing Educator for 41 years, Parishioner of Incarnation Church, Queens Village, for 47 years, Married for 47 years, two grown sons and five grandsons

Sandra M. Munoz, JD
Attorney with expertise in Family Law and Child Welfare

Rev. James Rodriguez
Pastor in good standing. Fr. Rodriguez holds a Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University.

Luis A. Torres, Jr., Esq.
Attorney at Law with Expertise in Public Policy, Survivor of Clergy Sex Abuse

Diocesan Review Board Explainer Video:

  • Watch in English here.
  • Watch with Spanish subtitles here 

New York Daily News Op-Ed On The Diocese Review Board (12/27/19)