Saturday, July 2, 2016

Army Chaplain--Priest With PTSD Tossed by Church?

Priest with PTSD serves last day — for now — at Holy Trinity
Poughkeepsie Journal
Nina Schutzman
July 1, 2016

Repenning has acknowledged that he has PTSD from his time serving overseas, but said it does not interfere with his work in the church.
              Father Robert Repenning, a pastor at Church of the Holy Trinity in Poughkeepsie, gives                                    ashes to Jacob Morrison of LaGrange at a 12:30 p.m. mass on Ash Wednesday.                                         (Photo: Alex H. Wagner/Poughkeepsie Journal)

A Dutchess County priest, who said his job was threatened because of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, served his last day — for now — at the Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Robert Repenning, who served as an Army chaplain in the Iraq War, has said his five-year position at the Catholic parish was threatened by the Archdiocese of New York over the alleged severity of his PTSD, according to Journal archives.

On Wednesday, the archdiocese sent a letter to Repenning's parishioners, many of whom have been fighting for him to stay.
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