Former Palmyra Priest under Scrutiny

Hannibal Courier-Post
January 12, 2010

Palmyra, MO - The Diocese of Jefferson City said it has placed a priest who formerly served Palmyra on leave while it investigates allegations of what it calls inappropriate electronic communication with a minor five years ago.

Bishop John Gaydos read a statement about the investigation involving The Rev. Thomas Seifner at weekend Masses.

The Boonville Daily News reported that Seifner was removed Dec. 18 from his positions as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Loose Creek and St. Louis Church in Bonnots Mill. Both of the churches are in Osage County.

The Diocesan Review Board is investigating the claim. Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner says her office has not been contacted about the case.

Seifner was ordained in 1992. In addition to Palmyra, He previously worked in Westphalia, Pilot Grove, Clifton City, Wardsville, Chamois and Mokane.


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