Archdiocese: Springfield Pastor's Situation Being Examined

Father Louis Bier, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield, Pa., has been relieved of his duties as an investigation is being conducted by the Archdiocese.

Answering media requests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement regarding the , pastor of in Springfield, Pa.

Bier was pastor of in Norristown from 1997 to 2002. He replaced in Springfield less than a year ago when Riccio left the parish to become a senior priest at Our Lady of the Assumption in Strafford.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia released the following statement:

Father Louis C. Bier, Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Springfield, Delaware County, has been placed on administrative leave by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. O.F.M. Cap. in response to concerns regarding his suitability for ministry at this time.

These concerns are not connected to any complaint of inappropriate behavior with minors. An announcement regarding this situation was made at all Masses at the parish this weekend.

While on leave, Father Bier will not exercise his public ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, wear clerical garb, or present himself publicly as a priest. Father Bier has not been living at the parish since prior to this weekend. A parochial administrator will be appointed by Archbishop Chaput as soon as possible.


There are a variety of reasons why a priest could be found unsuitable for ministry. As Father Bier’s situation is currently under thorough examination, and no determination has yet been reached, it is not possible to provide further information at this time.


A private meeting was held for parishioners at the church last night.

Patch is working to gain more information. Check back for updates.

John Scioli July 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Well the word on the streets is that Father Bier was sharing a house with a known drug dealer who subsequently was arrested after police raided the house Father Bier shared with this supposed narcotics dealer . That is the skinny and I can assure you that it is quite accurate. This info brought to you by your friendly neighborhood barber .


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