Diocese of Lincoln Statement Jan. 11, 2019
Bishop James Conley has learned that Fr. Charles Townsend has been cited for procuring alcohol for a 19 year-old. Fr. Townsend was placed on administrative leave in August 2018, and is not engaged in active ministry. The Diocese of Lincoln respects the civil process and will not be making any decisions regarding Fr. Townsend’s ministry until the conclusion of the civil process and an internal review. Bishop Conley asks for your prayers for all who are involved or impacted by this matter.