Priests placed on leave

February 07, 2016

The Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced that two priests have been placed on leave.

Rev. David J. Arseneault, 70, and Rev. James B, Coveny, 79, have been placed on leave from the public ministry.

Arseneault served as Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon since 2000 and Coveny was ordained to the Priesthood in 1964 and retired in 2011.

The Bishop, Mark L. Bartchak, said it is a precautionary measure while the Diocese takes a further into the allegations of sexual misconduct that dates back over 20 years.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said that they will continue to cooperate with law enforcement to resolve the issue.

"I remain committed to doing everything I can to ensure the protection of young people in this

Diocese, and I ask the faithful to join me in praying for all those affected by these cases," said Bishop Bartchak.

Bartchak said he will appoint a temporary administrator for the parish.


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