Diocese Removes Priest from Ministry

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The Diocese of Gallup has been advised that a priest by the name of Fr. Timothy Conlon, osc, has been credibly accused of two incidents of sexual abuse toward a minor. Fr. Conlon (a member of the Crosier Brothers, based in Phoenix) was in the process of becoming incardinated within the Diocese when the accusations came to light.

The accusations refer to an incident which took place approximately 40 years ago, before Fr. Conlon came to Arizona and before he was ordained a priest.

Upon learning of the accusation, Bishop James Wall immediately notified law enforcement in Arizona, and, working with the Crosier Prior Provincial Thomas Enneking, osc, immediately removed Fr. Conlon from ministry in the Diocese of Gallup, where he had been assigned as Parish Administrator for St. John the Baptist Parish in St. John’s, AZ and San Raphael Parish in Concho, AZ.

At this time, the Diocese of Gallup has not received any allegations of sexual abuse concerning Fr. Conlon during his time in the Diocese.

Bishop Wall expresses his sorrow for the victims who have come forward to report the abuse and reaffirms his commitment and the commitment of the Diocese of Gallup to protect our children and others and assist those who have been harmed.

Anyone aware of any sexual misconduct by an employee or religious member of the Diocese of Gallup is asked to contact Diane DiPaolo at 505-906-7357.

Further questions and concerns regarding this matter may be submitted to Suzanne Hammons, media liaison for the Diocese of Gallup, at 505-863-4406 ext. 15.

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