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(BALTIMORE, MD) May 2, 2021 – The Franciscan Friars Conventual are investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor against Father Romuald Meogrossi, OFM Conv. Fr. Romuald is an 81-year-old priest in residence at St. Michael the Archangel Friary in Overlea, Baltimore, Maryland.
In accordance with policy, the Archdiocese of Baltimore removed Fr. Romuald’s faculties to function as a priest in the Archdiocese, at the same time as his Franciscan superiors suspended him from public ministry, pending the results of a full investigation to be conducted by an experienced lay professional. Fr. Romuald is no longer resident in the Archdiocese.
Until several years ago, Fr. Romuald engaged in practice as a licensed psychologist. The alleged misconduct occurred during 2006 in a clinical therapy setting. Fr. Romuald has denied the allegation.
This matter is in an early stage of investigation and thus no determination of credibility has been made by the Franciscan Friars Conventual.
The Franciscan Friars Conventual are committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We urge anyone who has knowledge of any child sexual abuse to come forward, and to report it immediately to law enforcement. Anyone with information about inappropriate conduct by a Franciscan Friar Conventual of Our Lady of Angels Province is encouraged to contact its Victims Assistance Officer Father Michael Heine, OFM Conv at email@example.com.
All media inquiries should be directed to the Province’s Public Relations liaison, Mr. Kevin Keenan, at 716-481-6806.