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Message from the Survivors’ Committee

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (the “Survivors’ Committee”) was appointed in the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore bankruptcy case to advocate on behalf of all survivors of abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Survivors’ Committee has designed this website to help survivors navigate unknowns and uncertainties survivors may have about the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s bankruptcy case. This website provides the following information regarding the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s bankruptcy case: 

  • A news feed detailing case events and the Survivors’ Committee’s activities
  • An overview of the bankruptcy process
  • A FAQ section
  • Resources for survivors

The website will be regularly updated over the course of the case. The Survivors’ Committee hopes survivors find this information useful, and encourage any survivors with questions to contact their personal attorneys or the Survivors’ Committee’s bankruptcy counsel, Stinson LLP.

Employment of Stout Risius Ross, LLC as the Committee’s Valuation Expert

On May 1, 2024, the Bankruptcy Court granted the Committee’s application to employ Stout Risius Ross, LLC (“Stout”) as the Committee’s valuation expert. Stout will provide expert assistance to the Committee with respect to the value of survivor claims and the allocation of the Debtor’s insurance to survivor claims. Stout’s expert services will play a critical role in ensuring that survivors are fairly compensated by the Debtor and its insurers.

Survivor Impact Statements to Bankruptcy Court

On May 20, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, eight Survivors will be presenting impact statements to the Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore. The hearing will be open to the public and all Survivors are invited to attend.  The Bankruptcy Court is located at 101 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD in Courtroom 9-C. Please plan to arrive at 9:15 a.m. Eastern to allow yourself time to get settled. While there is no guarantee that there will be space inside the courtroom for all that wish to observe, it is expected that the hearing will be live-streamed from a separate room in the courthouse. 

As you already understand, the presenting Survivors will be speaking about their difficult history which can be triggering to those listening. Please be mindful of the support that you may need both during and within the hours and days following the presentations.  The Committee looks forward to making this event significant and effective.  

May 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET Established as Proof of Claim Deadline

On January 16, 2024, the bankruptcy court established May 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET as the proof of claim deadline. More information regarding filing a proof of claim can be found on the FAQ Page.

You may file a claim online by clicking here. You may also send your completed forms to the below addresses:

If by First-Class Mail:

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore
Claims Processing Center
c/o Epiq Corporate Restructuring, LLC
P.O. Box 4420
Beaverton, OR 97076-4420

If by Hand Delivery or Overnight Mail:

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore
Claims Processing Center
c/o Epiq Corporate Restructuring, LLC
10300 SW Allen Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

Committee Appointment

On October 11, 2023, the United States Trustee, the governmental body tasked with overseeing bankruptcy cases, appointed seven members to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (the “Committee”).  The Committee was appointed to represent all unsecured creditors of the Debtor, which are predominately comprised of sexual abuse survivors. More information regarding the role of the Committee can be found at Overview of Bankruptcy Process.

Case Filing Information

The Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 29, 2023. In its initial case filings, the Archdiocese explained that its bankruptcy filing provide: “(a) compensation for the unresolved claims of survivors of abuse, including those survivors who have not yet come forward; (b) continue outreach to and support of survivors as an ongoing ministry; (c) preserve the ability to carry on the essential ministries and services provided by the [Archdiocese], so the [Archdiocese] can continue to meet the needs of the Catholic faithful within the Archdiocese, the Parishes, the Schools, the Related Entities, and others who rely on the foregoing for spiritual, pastoral, and human assistance; and (d) fairly allocate the [Archdiocese] remaining income and assets among the legitimate competing interests for such property, recognizing that it is not possible to pay all alleged claims in full.”

The Debtor indicated that at the time it filed for bankruptcy it held assets totaling $204,962,748 and liabilities totaling $24,933,882.