David Clohessy Resigns from SNAP


This email just arrived in my mailbox:

We want to share with you that David Clohessy has voluntarily resigned from SNAP effective December 31, 2016.  We are eternally grateful for David’s dedication to SNAP and its mission over the past almost thirty years.  

His passion, his voice, and his kindness have touched us all.  We will miss David and we wish him much happiness.  David will always be a friend and an inspiration to SNAP and its many dedicated and hardworking volunteers.    

Mary Ellen Kruger
Board Chair

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4 Responses to “David Clohessy Resigns from SNAP”

  1. John Seryak, Vice-President of S.E.S.A.M.E. Reply January 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with David when he was here in Ohio. David is a man of courage and vision. His contributions to and leadership in the organization caused global changes that protects the innocents within the church. David’s work is not complete, but his work guarantees that it will continue. Thank you David for all you have accomplished at great risk to your personal, emotional, and spiritual well being.

  2. I am heartbroken at the loss of David Clohessy, whose integrity, commitment and arduous work for about three decades has helped so many survivors — while calling bishops to long overdue account. It has been my privilege to assist him, and to learn from him. He gave his heart, soul, energy and untold time to reveal the truth about abuse. Such advocacy is inevitably opposed.

    Thank you to all the attorneys who donated to SNAP, which could never survive on my meager contributions and others like it. And tell me diocesan attorneys do not donate to the bishops’ funds!

    Bless you, David. No wonder you are tired of the backlash. I am proud to know you.

  3. Although I never met David in person he answered an email I had sent him. His kindness and support will never be forgotten.He gave me the support I needed to help put a predator in jail. He has made kids safer and for that I will always be grateful.

  4. Sorry to be a voice of dissent. Mr.Clohessy was not the great champion of victims of sexual abuse by priests some of these glowing testimonials would lead you to believe. As a survivor and a member of SNAP for a brief time I saw him as a polarizing figure more adept at keeping the survivor fractured than interested in networking us as a true force for change. He always seemed to swoop in when the cameras were rolling but he was no where to be found when the spotlight was not his for the taking. He was not interested in talking to you when offered a differing viewpoint but he was always there to when offered a donation.

    There were too many lies, too many unanswered questions and too little respect for those who did not fall into line with the narrative from St. Louis.

    I wish him well in whatever he moves on to next. I think he let most of us down.

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