Statement on Rev Mathew Joseph, m.c.b.s.

On August 18, 2018 Rev Mathew Joseph, m.c.b.s. (also known as Rev. Matthew Joseph Arackal), a priest of the  Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in Kerala, India who served one month as parochial vicar for St John the Evangelist Parish in Fenton, was removed from that position and sent back to his order in India. He was dismissed due to several complaints about his ministry, including a credible allegation of sexual harassment of an adult female.

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