The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 03, 2022 12:19 pm

Priest removed from parish duties

'Serious boundary violations' allegations credible, diocese says

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A priest has been removed from his duties at a parish on the city's north side following credible allegations of "serious boundary violations," the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said today in a statement.

The diocese didn't provide details about the allegations against the Rev. Eric Burgener, only that the violations involved an adult.

"With this very difficult and painful news, we ask for prayer for one another, our church, our diocese, and most especially, all of those who are directly involved," the diocese said.

Burgener served as parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish since June 18, 2019. He previously was at St. Pius X Parish in Granger in St. Joseph County.

The allegations were made Dec. 6, the diocese said. No criminal charges have been filed.

"This necessitated that his faculties to perform public priestly ministry be removed," the diocese said. "He has also been removed as parochial vicar of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Wayne, and as hospital chaplain."

Burgener, a Bishop Dwenger High School graduate, was ordained as a deacon in May 2016 and as a priest about a year later.


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