Statement Regarding Rev. Jules Omba Omalanga

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

Father Jules Omba Omalanga, who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa (Congo), was serving as chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and chaplain to the Francophone community at Saint Boniface Parish in Minneapolis.

The Archdiocese was notified of an allegation that Father Omalanga assaulted an adult female in a context unrelated to his ministry. Following its protocols, the Archdiocese contacted law enforcement, learned that law enforcement was already investigating the allegation, and explained to law enforcement that no action would be taken by the Archdiocese that could interfere with their investigative efforts.

Law enforcement eventually notified the Archdiocese that Father Omalanga had been charged with fifth degree misdemeanor domestic assault. The Archdiocese notified the Archdiocese of Kinshasa (Congo) of the situation. At the same time, and without making any judgment concerning the veracity of the legal charges that have been filed, I relieved Father Omalanga of his assignments in the Archdiocese and informed him that without an assignment, he no longer had faculties to engage in ministry within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.