Wheeling Jesuit University 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 Wheeling Jesuit University regarding arrest of Rev. Felix Owino, A.J.: WHEELING, WV, July 12, 2010 The Rev. Felix Owino, a priest in the religious missionary institute of the Apostles of Jesus, was arrested on July 8 in Fairfax, Va. on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a minor.

Until June 2010, Owino was a faculty member in the philosophy department of Wheeling Jesuit University. Owino has no current responsibilities at the university and is not expected to return to campus.

Owino is not a member of the Jesuit order and was on summer break from his teaching duties at the time of the incident. During his two years at Wheeling Jesuit, the campus authorities received no student complaints about his conduct.

"This alleged behavior violates the core of who we are called to be as Christians and as a Jesuit, Catholic campus community whose mission demands that we dedicate ourselves to the care and protection of our students," said Interim President Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, OSU. "We want to assure the public that nothing is more important than the safety of our students. We encourage all students to report misconduct to the president's office or their student advisor."

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Owino was ordained in 1992 and is a member of the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus, headquartered in Philadelphia. He joined the faculty of Wheeling Jesuit in the fall of 2008 and taught for two consecutive terms, most recently instructing an online class. Prior to that he worked at Magdalen College in New Hampshire and before that at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa.


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