Salvatorian priest removed from ministry

By The Compass | January 8, 2014

GREEN BAY — Salvatorian Fr. Loren Nys, former pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Kiel who has served as priest celebrant there since his retirement in 2008, has been removed from active priestly ministry, according to a Jan. 4 statement from the Society of the Divine Savior.

Fr. Nys served as pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish from 1993 to 2008. Upon his retirement he became sacramental minister (now known as priest celebrant), celebrating weekend liturgies and weddings and funerals with a Mass.

According to Salvatorian Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, provincial of the Salvatorians, during a review of personnel files of Salvatorian priests and brothers, “two letters were found from parents indicating inappropriate conduct with youth by Fr. Loren Nys.”

“Though the physical conduct did not involve private parts, it was inappropriate,” said Fr. Rodrigues. “The situation was handled by the Salvatorians at the time and was noted in his personnel file. There have been no other allegations made against Fr. Nys in the 43 years of service.”

The review of personnel files was in response to the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, often called the Dallas charter because it was approved during the bishops’ meeting in Dallas in 2002. The charter “states that any priest, deacon or brother who has been involved in any inappropriate conduct with minors is restricted from any and all public ministry,” added Fr. Rodrigues.

Ss. Peter and Paul parishioners learned about Fr. Nys’ removal at weekend Masses Jan. 4 and 5.

“As a parish, we were certainly shocked and saddened by the news,” Joseph Zenk, pastoral leader, told The Compass by email Jan. 6. “I praise God that he continues to be born into the messiness of our situations and the messiness of our church and we trust that God will continue to guide us through this darkness by the light of a star as he did the three Wise Men. As a parish, we hold in prayer Fr. Loren Nys (as well as) all victims of sexual abuse.”

Fr. Nys will reside in Milwaukee with the retired Salvatorian priests and brothers under supervision of the Salvatorian provincialate, added Fr. Rodrigues.

Zenk said that no appointment to replace Fr. Nys as priest celebrant has yet been made. “Fr. Tom Long (diocesan vicar for ministers) and I will continue to have conversations in the near future regarding that subject.”

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