Glenmary priest recalled to headquarters

Glenmary News

Glenmary priest recalled to headquarters

For Immediate Release
August 8, 2019
Media Contact: John Stegeman, Manager of Communications
Phone: 513-288-1466
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Glenmary Home Missioners Father David Glockner, 84, was removed from ministry and recalled to the society’s Cincinnati headquarters Tuesday after allegations of inappropriate contact with two teenaged volunteers.

The volunteers, two minor women, were working on a construction project Tuesday afternoon on behalf of Emmaus Farm in Lewis County, Ky. when the alleged contact occurred.

Within 24 hours Glenmary President Father Dan Dorsey recalled Father Glockner and reported the allegation to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office and to the Diocese of Covington. Father Glockner arrived at Glenmary headquarters Tuesday evening where he will be stationed while the matter is investigated.

“Upon receiving the allegations, I immediately recalled Father Glockner to headquarters and told him he would be staying here for an indefinite period of time,” Father Dorsey said. “In addition to contacting the Lewis County Sheriff and Bishop of Covington, I also reached out to the chaperone of the volunteer group to offer pastoral care of our Hope and Healing team to the two students. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of anyone who is in contact with Glenmary.”

Father Glockner had been serving at Holy Redeemer Church in Vanceburg, Ky. in the Diocese of Covington, since 2012.

Anyone with information concerning abuse by a Glenmary priest, brother or lay coworker is encouraged to contact civil authorities as well as Glenmary President Father Dan Dorsey at 513-881-7402.