Rev. Felix Charles Owino, a.j.
Summary of Case: From Nairobi, Kenya. Arrested July 8, 2010 in Fairfax, VA; charged with inappropriate touching of an 11-year-old girl. Diocese removed his faculties the day after his arrest and informed his Order. He had been serving as associate pastor at a Weirton parish. He had also taught at Wheeling Jesuit University for two years. Previously worked in NH and Reading, PA. Pled guilty September 29, 2010. Sentenced February 19, 2011 to Five years' prison with all but Nine months suspended. Already served over seven months awaiting trial. Owino's name was included on the Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list in late 2018. It notes there was also an allegation July 5, 2010 of inappropriate touching of an adult, and that he was deported back to Africa.
|1992||1997||Apostles of Jesus Minor Seminary||Uganda||Rector||Sometime prior to arriving in the U.S., Owino held this position. (catholicculture.org, July 13, 2010)|
|National Shrine of the Most Sacred Hear of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary||Nairobi||Kenya||Rector||Sometime prior to arriving in the U.S., Owino held this position. (catholicculture.org, July 13, 2010) He is not indexed in the Directories until 1998.|
Pittsburgh bishop was Donald William Wuerl (1988-2006)
Parish had a school with 292-308 students.
Owino earned an MA., PhD in philosophy from Dusquene University. He was likely pursuing this degree while in residence at St. Bede's.
Allentown bishop was Edward Peter Cullen (1997-2009)
|2002||2003||Owino is not indexed in the 2003 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or next assignments.|
|Parish had a school with 350 students, and a religious education program with 90 students.|
Manchester bishop was John Brendan McCormack (1998- )
|2007||Magdalen College||Warner||NH||Chaplain||School had 71-70 students.|
|2007||2008||Owino is not indexed in the 2007 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or next assignments.|
Wheeling-Charleston bishop was Michael Joseph Bransfield (2004- )
|2010||Wheeling Jesuit||Wheeling||WV||faculty member||Owino is not indexed in the 2009 Directory. This assignment is per news reports. He joined the Wheeling Jesuit faculty in the Fall of 2008. (Wheeling News-Register
July 13, 2010)
• Owino was accused in July 2010 of inappropriate touching an 11 year old girl in Fairfax, VA. He was said to have been a "longtime friend of the family". (WTOV
Owino is not indexed in the 2009 Directory. This assignment is per news reports. (Wheeling News-Register
Owino was arrested July 8, 2010 and held a the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax while awaiting a September trial.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1993-2009)
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This assignment record was last updated on February 24. 2021.