Diocesan Response to the Report from Florida’s Attorney General

Response from Bishop Felipe Estévez

On Florida’s Investigation of the Catholic Church

The Diocese of St. Augustine has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse. Significant steps have been taken over the last 30 years to prevent such instances from occurring and hold past transgressors accountable while offering justice and healing for victims and their families. As was stated in the Office of Statewide Prosecution’s Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church in Florida released Nov. 6, 2020, the Diocese of St. Augustine cooperated fully with the statewide investigation, which began Oct. 4, 2018. “I have been given the responsibility of shepherding the people in this diocese, and with God’s help and the full cooperation of the faithful, I will continue to work to restore the bonds of trust that unite us,” said Bishop Estévez.

Audit Summary of the
Diocese of St. Augustine

The following is a summary of the findings of the State of Florida’s investigation of the Diocese of St. Augustine as part of the comprehensive investigation of all dioceses in the state.

List of Credibly Accused Clergy in the Diocese of St. Augustine

Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Reporting Abuse

Individuals who have been sexually abused by clergy, religious, seminarians or other church personnel, should contact their local police department or the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-800-96Abuse (2873). Or contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator
Tina Nugent
(904) 208-6979

Diocesan Review Board

The Diocese of St. Augustine has an independent Review Board that functions as a confidential consultative body established by the bishop to review allegations of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

Glossary of Terms

A resource for journalists in covering church matters

Essential Norms

Regarding sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

Policies & Guidelines

Policies and guidelines of the Diocese of St. Augustine.


Links to resources for parents, prayers, and additional resources through the USCCB.

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