[News Release] Two Priests Removed from Ministry

Archdiocese of New Orleans

October 1, 2020

By Archbishop Gregory Aymond

It is with grave disappointment and sorrow that I inform you of the removal of two priests from active ministry effective immediately.

Reverend Patrick Wattigny disclosed today his sexual abuse of a minor in 2013. His name will be added to the list of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Clergy Abuse Report. Law enforcement has been notified. His full assignment history is below.

Date of Birth: September 9, 1967
Ordination: June 4, 1994
Time of Abuse: 2013
Abuse Reported: October 1, 2020
Removed from Ministry: October 1, 2020
Pastoral Assignments:
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Kenner
– St. Benilde, Metaire
– St. Luke the Evangelist, Slidell
– St. Peter, Covington
– The Visitation of Our Lady, Marrero
– Archbishop Rummel High School, Metairie
– Pope John Paul II, Slidell

If there are any victims, please call me so that we can accompany you in healing.

Reverend Travis Clark has been charged with obscenity with women. This charge does not involve abuse of a minor. Fr. Clark was serving as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Pearl River.

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