Good afternoon. You are receiving this email from me, as a friend of Father Steve Amesse and as someone who believes in his innocence. I worked closely with Father Steve on the Finance Council of Holy Spirit Parish during the construction of our Church a number of years ago and got to know his character and his devotion to his calling.
Speaking with Father, and others who share the same belief, it became concerning that without the proper professional (legal) and moral support there is a high risk of an innocent man being convicted for something he did not do. As a result, I am one of a number of supporters who have come together to organize efforts with the goal of giving Father Steve the best opportunity to successfully defend against these false allegations. The costs to defend against the charges before him are the sole personal responsibility of Father Steve. There is no financial support from the Archdiocese or related insurance. Those of you that have worked with Father know that he not only gives of himself in his ministry, but he also gives financially to the Church and its needs. The result is Father has no savings or equity with which to pay for the associated legal fees and supporting services.
A brief summary of the situation and the group’s objectives can be found in the attached document. A bank account has been opened in Father’s name to facilitate the fundraising initiative that this group has launched to support Father Steve. For those of you who wish to support Father Steve financially in this defense, can forward cheques to the address noted in the attached information sheet.
I have selected each of you to receive this request as I hope you feel the same way about Father Steve and also believe in his innocence. We also hope that you are able to financially support Father in his efforts to meet the costs of his legal defense.
There is obviously no formal advertising of this campaign and we are totally reliant upon everyone taking the time to forward this information sheet on to your own respective contacts that you feel would want to support Father Steve.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request and the continued prayers of support for Father.
Greg Farrell, CPA, CA
President & COO
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