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June 18, 2009

Reverend John M. McDevitt, O.S.F.S.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia learned today of the lawsuit regarding allegations of sexual abuse against Reverend John M. McDevitt, O.S.F.S. from the time when he taught at Father Judge High School. Father McDevitt, now deceased, was assigned by his Order, the Oblates of Saint Frances de Sales, to teach at Northeast Catholic High School from 1971 to 1980 and at Father Judge High School from 1988 to 1993.

The Archdiocese was first contacted by the victim in March 2009 via e-mail. The Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Office spoke to the victim and offered him assistance. In addition, the Archdiocese immediately notified the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and as well as Fr. McDevitt's Order.

Ms. Karen Becker, Director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection, said, "We understand how difficult it may be for individuals to reach out to the Church for help and we recognize the courage that takes. We hope that any individual from Fr. Judge High School or Northeast Catholic High School who has experienced abuse will contact us or call their local authorities for help."

If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or


Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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