Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Statement on Rev. Felix Owino, A.j.

July 12, 2010

Father Felix Owino worked as a Philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University, according to a news release.

Below is the statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston regarding arrest of Rev. Felix Owino, A.J.:

WHEELING-W.Va. -- Father Felix C. Owino, A.J., Ph.D., was arrested July 8, 2010, in Fairfax, Va., on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a minor. An associate professor at Wheeling Jesuit University with residence at St. Paul Parish in Weirton, Owino is being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax awaiting trial in September. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston learned of Owino's arrest July 9, 2010.

Owino is a priest of the religious missionary congregation known as the Apostles of Jesus, the first African congregation of Catholic priests and brothers. He came to West Virginia last year as an instructor in the philosophy department at WJU.

Upon receiving notice of this occurrence, the diocese informed his religious superiors and suspended Owino's priestly faculties within the diocese, effective immediately, pending the outcome of proceedings in Fairfax County in Virginia. Owino served as associate pastor at St. Paul's in Weirton, providing coverage of parish Masses.

Finally, and most importantly, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield asks the community to pray for those involved in this incident, especially the minor. May the healing power of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with all abuse victims now and each day.


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