A priest who had to be rescued after being trapped in handcuffs last fall, has returned to ministry. Last November, Rev. Thomas Donovan called 9-1-1 from the rectory of his Springfield church, asking for help getting out of the handcuffs he had put on himself. Since then, Donovan has undergone counseling and has now been assigned to be the chaplain of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton.
In a statement, Springfield Diocese Bishop Thomas Paprocki says an investigative panel concluded that Donovan was alone at the time of the incident and that he is not a danger to himself or others. A police report stated Donovan was found wearing an orange jump suit and leather bondage type mask when they arrived to free him from the handcuffs. He will continue to undergo counseling while also ministering to the sister's in Alton. Donovan's first day was last Sunday. He had been assigned at St. Aloysius Parish in Springfield at the time of the incident. No charges were filed in the case. You can read the full statement from the diocese at www.dio.org