Today, a former high ranking New Hampshire diocesan Catholic official has stepped down from his position because of allegations of sexual and financial impropriety.
He is Msgr. Edward Arsenault of the St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland, where hundreds of child molesting clerics have been housed over the years.
We’re saddened but not surprised by this news. All too often Catholic officials who are in charge of pedophile priests turn out to have accusations of sexual misdeeds against them as well.
We hope that anyone who may have seen suspected or suffered misdeeds by Arsenault will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing.
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From: GibbsMedia <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, May 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM
Subject: Saint Luke Institute Leadership Transition
Saint Luke Institute Leadership Transition - May 6, 2013
Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault has stepped down as president and CEO of Saint Luke Institute (www.sli.org), effective May 3, 2013. Leadership responsibilities will be shared between Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Ph.D., who will serve as interim president, and Sheila Harron, Ph.D., who will serve as interim CEO
Msgr. Arsenault offered his resignation in light of investigations announced today by the Diocese of Manchester (in New Hampshire, www.catholicnh.org) into possible improprieties, including improper financial transactions and a possible inappropriate adult relationship. Msgr. Arsenault is a priest of that diocese and held a number of leadership positions there prior to joining Saint Luke Institute in 2009.
The investigations do not involve Saint Luke Institute.
“This is very difficult news, and we are keeping this situation in prayer. Saint Luke Institute has been in the process of expanding education and services nationally. We are committed to continuing to move forward, to providing high quality care for priests and religious, and to supporting a culture of healthy ministry in the Church,” Dr. Harron said.
Dr. Harron has been a member of Saint Luke Institute’s staff for 18 years. She has served as a psychologist on the clinical staff with the men’s and women’s residential programs, as director of outpatient services and, since 2011, as chief operating officer
Msgr. Rossetti is a priest and clinical psychologist. He was president of Saint Luke Institute from 1996-2009 and currently is a clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at The Catholic University of America.
Msgr. Rossetti said, “I believe strongly in the mission of Saint Luke Institute and its proven excellence in assisting our priests and religious. I want to support this important ministry in the Church and do all that I can to help our priests and religious. They deserve the kind of quality care that Saint Luke Institute provides.”
Media contact: Susan Gibbs, Saint Luke Institute, 202-525-9554 (cell) and firstname.lastname@example.org