Diocese says counselor available at Mass after priest accused of sexual abuse


February 28, 2018

By Michael Kransz

A counselor will be present for each Mass this weekend at the Freeland church whose priest was recently accused of sexually assaulting a man and a teen.

“She’s just there to listen, and if she can offer any help she will,” said Chris Pham, a spokesperson with the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

The counselor, Sister Janet Fulgenzi, is a clinical psychologist and the diocese’s victim assistance and safe environment coordinator. Masses this weekend are at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fulgenzi and other counselors heard concerns and offered support to parishioners Tuesday evening, Feb. 27, at St. Agnes Church.

The meeting Tuesday came a day after the church’s priest, 71-year-old Rev. Robert DeLand Jr., was charged with three felonies related his alleged sexual assault of a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old male in his Saginaw Township condominium.

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