Independent Review Board Finds Allegation Against Franciscan Priest Not Credible

The Third Order Regular Franciscans, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, announced today (June 16, 2020) that an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor, made against Father Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R., has been found to be not credible.

The Province received the allegation in August 2019, and in accord with its policies, which take every allegation involving minors seriously, contacted the Diocese of Trenton where Father Zeis was ministering. As a precaution, the Province and Diocese of Trenton placed Father Zeis on administerial leave pending the outcome of an investigation of the accusation. This process exists to ensure those who come forward are heard, and to determine to the extent possible, the validity of the allegation.

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