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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2018

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Marlene Mulford: Office:(217) 698-8500
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Statement Regarding the Status of Father Barry J. Harmon

SPRINGFIELD — On Sept. 5, 2018, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced the status of Father Barry J. Harmon.

On Oct. 30, 2017, Father Barry Harmon was placed on medical leave to address some physical health issues that were inhibiting his ministry.  Shortly thereafter, some financial irregularities were discovered at the parishes to which Father Barry Harmon was assigned: Mother of Dolors Parish, Vandalia and St. Joseph Parish, Ramsey. Evidence was found indicating that Father Barry Harmon had misappropriated funds up to $29,000, as was stated by Bishop Paprocki to the parishes on February 3, 2018.  At this time, all of Father Barry Harmon’s assignments were concluded. The diocese made full restoration of the funds to the parishes, Father Barry Harmon was to make restitution to the diocese, and he was to receive the professional help he needed. The possible misappropriation of funds has been reported to the police.

In addition, while continuing to monitor Father Barry Harmon and looking into his time at Vandalia and Ramsey, some pornography was discovered among Father Barry Harmon’s possessions, which was turned over to the Vandalia Police Department, who determined that no child pornography was involved. These matters were reviewed by the Special Panel for Clergy Misconduct. It was recently learned that Father Barry Harmon was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) on July 31, 2018. Considering all of this, the conclusion was reached that Father Barry Harmon is not suited for ministry of any kind in the priesthood and he said that he would voluntarily apply for laicization.

Please keep Father Harmon in your prayers for healing. 

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