Catholic Diocese removes priest from CMU church for ‘boundary violations’


By Jessica Shepherd |
on July 31, 2015

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has removed a priest from the parish serving Central Michigan University after it says he committed “boundary violations.”

The diocese announced it had placed the Rev. Denis Heames, who served as parochial administrator for St. Mary University Parish in Mount Pleasant, on administrative leave in early July. The parish serves the campus of Central Michigan University.

According to a statement released by the diocese Monday, July 27, Bishop Joseph Cistone officially removed Heames from his position during the week of July 20.

The diocese has stated the “boundary violations” were not of an illegal nature, though no additional details about the incident or incidents that led to the decision regarding Heames were released.

Cistone has announced the Rev. Thomas McNamara will provide pastoral assistance to the St. Mary University Parish for the time being. McNamara, a senior priest, will also continue his work as sacramental minister for the Ss. Francis and Clare Parish in Birch Run.

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