Misconduct Charge Directed against Priest

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Gallup Independent
February 12, 2009

GALLUP ó Officials with the Diocese of Gallup have put one of their longtime priests on administrative leave after Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted discovered information in the priestís personnel file alleging misconduct involving juvenile victims in Winslow, Ariz., nearly 26 years ago.

The discovery has also reportedly caused Olmsted to order a review of the dioceseís more than 400 current and old personnel files.

The Rev. John Boland was removed from his ministry at Immaculate Conception parish in Cuba this weekend, said Lee Lamb, the communications director for the diocese. The Rev. Matthew A. Keller and Deacon Timoteo Lujan, the chancellor of the diocese, broke the news to parishioners on Sunday during services at Immaculate Conception and Santo Nino La Jara.


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