You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Faith

  • Pope celebrates Easter Mass
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis celebrated Christianity’s most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter’s Square.
  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
    JERUSALEM – Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.
  • Healing power of music
    Bob Jarboe is putting in a little practice time at the organ, high up in the choir loft at the back of the sanctuary. He is getting ready for his weekly choir rehearsal at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw.
Advertisement

Longtime priest removed from ministry

A priest with a long history in Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend parishes and schools has been withdrawn from the ministry after a "credible" allegation of sexual abuse of a minor 44 years ago, diocesan officials said Wednesday.

The Rev. James F. Seculoff resigned as the pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Walkerton, where he had served for about six months, said Sean McBride, diocese spokesman.

Before that, Seculoff, a native of Fort Wayne, was pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, for several years, McBride said. Seculoff also served other Fort Wayne area parishes.

Around the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred, Seculoff was elevated from principal at the former Huntington Catholic High School to superintendant of diocesan schools. He held that post until 1978.

McBride said the Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, diocesan bishop, sent a letter disclosing the allegation and announcing the withdrawal that was read at Masses at St. Patrick last weekend.

In the letter, the bishop expressed "deep sadness" about the situation and said Seculoff had "officially retired."

For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Thursday.

rsalter@jg.net

Advertisement