Priest Who Called 911 After Getting Stuck in Handcuffs Returning to Work at Alton Church

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki returned one of his priest’s to the ministry, following a lengthy period of treatment and counseling.

In November 2012, Springfield priest, Father Thomas Donova, called 9-1-1 with a bit of problem. He had gotten stuck in a pair of handcuffs.

Listen to the 9-1-1 call

Bishop Paprocki granted Father Donovan a leave of absence, saying he “suffered from non-sexual self bondage,” and after months of treatment, a special church panel has recommended his gradual return to the ministry.

Bishop Paprocki has now assigned the priest to be a chaplain to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton beginning next week, where the Bishop says Father Donovan’s ministerial and therapeutic progress will be regularly and carefully monitored for the foreseeable future.


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