Dear Parishioners of Saint Mary,
Copied below is a release from the Diocese of Tulsa about a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, Father Joe Townsend, who has been accused of sexual abuse. He served as the associate pastor at the Church of Saint Mary about fifteen years ago.
I am asking that if anyone has knowledge of abuse of a minor, either in this case or by any other person affiliated with the Catholic Church, please first call the DHS statewide Abuse Hotline, 800-522-3511. They will direct you in further steps. I would also ask that you report it to local law enforcement.
To report knowledge of any abuse in this case, you should also call the Pastoral Response Hotline at 918-307-4970. If you are more comfortable reporting anything through me, you may call me at 918-749-1423 x 103 to begin the process of reporting abuse within the diocese. Please know that I am available to assist you in this.