Priest suspended in St. John’s parish following complaint

Published on March 9, 2014
Father Wayne Dohey, Pastor of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in St. John's, speaks today at a news conference announcing a $200,000 contribution from Parks Canada towards stone masonry at the church, a National Historic Site.
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More allegations of wrongdoing have been made in connection to activities within a St. John’s Catholic parish.

On Saturday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s announced in a news release that Father Wayne Dohey has been removed from his duties as a parish priest for St. Patrick’s Parish. Archbishop Martin Currie also suspended Dohey from all ministerial duties pending the outcome of an investigation.

The archdiocese did not specify the nature of the investigation, but it did state the complaint made against Dohey is unrelated to charges recently laid in court for alleged embezzlement activity at St. Patrick’s Parish.

Dianne Coady is facing charges of fraud, theft and forgery. Those charges were laid following a forensic audit of parish finances. According to another news release, the parish priest reported to the archdiocese about suspected fraudulent activity in August of 2012.