Catholic churchgoers object to Paulist Fathers leaving

Rev. Earl K. Fernandes, center, is pictured during his ordination and installation as the thirteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Fred Squillante-The Columbus Dispatch

We’ve been barricaded from our faith

The Paulist priests were told to leave the St. Thomas More Newman Center by July 31 and have been told to vacate their residence by Aug. 31. 

This includes Father Vinny McKiernan, a 91-year-old priest who has served the center since the early 1990s. 

This directive is from the new bishop of Columbus who was installed on May 31, at an elaborate, exclusive, ticketed event  at St. Paul in Westerville. The day of the ceremony, my grandson and I were carrying a bag of food for the poor.

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We were denied entry to the church, as there were barricades placed at each entrance to the parking lot.

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