Ex priest who worked in NE, TX and MO convicted of trying to hire hit man; SNAP responds
We are pleased that the jury has found Fr. John Fiala guilty. Considerable evidence showed that Fiala has committed several crimes. For the safety of kids, we hope he'll be locked up for a long time.
Fr. Fiala was ordained in Nebraska, but left the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1996 to join the Society of the Most Holy Trinity in Texas. Six years later, Omaha received an accusation that Fiala had made advances on a young boy in the 1980s. The Archdiocese reportedly referred this complaint to the Society, and to law enforcement officials in Texas.
According to a civil lawsuit filed by one accuser, who is now 20, Fiala repeatedly sexually assaulted the boy in 2007 and 2008. The suit alleges that Fiala twice forced the boy to have sex at gunpoint when Fiala was at the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Rocksprings, Texas.
We suspect he could still be prosecuted for other crimes and that church officials who ignored or concealed wrongdoing might also be prosecuted. So now is not the time for complacency. We hope every single person - especially current or former Catholic Church employees or members - who saw, suspected or suffered Fiala's crimes will call law enforcement immediately.
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SNAP Conference Postponed to September
As cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the headlines, affect the way we work and play, and force changes to our daily lives, we have decided to postpone the SNAP Annual Conference from July until September. We are now planning to hold the conference from September 25 - 27 and it will still be held in Denver, CO.
In order to help make this change easier, we will be charging only $99 for registration from now through June 30. Stay tuned for updates and register today on our conference page.SNAP Conference Postponed to September