Diocesan Statement effective Nov. 8, 2021

Diocese of Lincoln NE

October 8, 2021

By Bishop James Conley

Father Thomas Dunavan has been on administrative leave since March 2019 due to historical allegations of priestly misconduct. The matter was turned over to civil authorities. After commissioning an independent investigation, consultation with the Holy See, and hearing from the ministerial conduct board, restrictions have been imposed on Father Dunavan’s public ministry. Bishop James Conley has assigned Father Dunavan to provide administrative assistance to the Chancery and assist the retired priests of the Diocese of Lincoln effective Nov. 8, 2021.