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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