Bishop: Priest suspended from Reno Catholic church will serve in Douglas County

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg
Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg(Diocese of Reno)
Published: May. 13, 2023 at 4:25 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Catholic priest suspended from ministry from a northwest Reno church for misconduct will return to serve at a Douglas County church on July 1, Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg of the Diocese of Reno said Saturday.

Father Patrick Klekas had an inappropriate relationship with an adult woman in 2020 while he served as associate pastor at St. Albert the Great Parish, Mueggenborg said in a statement.

Klekas was suspended and the church offered pastoral care and counseling to the woman and her husband, Mueggenborg said.

Klekas has undergone counseling and discernment away from the diocese and completed the program in April, the bishop said.

The parish’s Adult Misconduct Review Board, which is made up of lay professionals, made recommendations and the bishop is following those in assigning Klekas to St. Gall parish in Gardnerville where he will be supervised by Father Mark Hanifan.

“Please know that I take my responsibility to ensure clergy who serve the People of God are fit for ministry very seriously,” Mueggenborg wrote. “We invite anyone who believes he or she has been harmed by misconduct to come forward and receive the help and healing they deserve.”