Media Advisory: Abuse Survivor of Former Bp. Joseph Ferrario to Speak Publicly Tuesday

Third Sexual Abuse Survivor to File Lawsuit Naming Former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario

Survivor to Speak Publicly at Press Conference Tuesday 

(Honolulu, HI) – At a press conference Tuesday, a sexual abuse survivor along with his attorneys and advocates will:

  • Announce the third child sexual abuse lawsuit naming former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario and Diocese of Honolulu. The man, born and raised in Hawaii and now residing in Las Vegas, NV, will speak publicly about his abuse and his prior thwarted attempts to notify parishioners and the diocese about the abuse.
  • The survivor will speak about his experience as a seven-year-old student at St. Anthony’s grade school in 1975 when then-Father Joseph Ferrario began to groom and sexually molest him. The Diocese of Honolulu did not substantiate his abuse despite knowing other victims of Ferrario existed.
  • Discuss the opportunity for sexual abuse survivors to come forward and pursue legal action under a new Hawaii law that expires April 24, 2014. The alleged victim is the third man to come forward and file a lawsuit claiming that Ferrario sexually abused him. All three boys were molested during the same time period at St. Anthony’s in Kailua.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM (HST)

7 Waterfront Plaza
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813

A copy of the complaint and documents will be available on

Attorney Mark Gallagher, a Kailua-based affiliate of Jeff Anderson & Associates in Minnesota, Mark has over 24 years of experience as an attorney successfully seeking justice and compensation for those injured in Hawaii. An experienced litigator in Hawaii state courts on Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, Mark has also practiced in the United States federal courts system.