A pastor at St. Bernadette's Church in Northborough has resigned after confessing to stealing funds totaling over $200,000 from the church and school to fuel his gambling addiction.
After Rev. Stephen Gemme confessed to Bishop Robert McManus that he had a gambling problem, a review of the church and school's financial status revealed that during the last four years, more than $100,000 in school funds and more than $120,000 in parish funds had been appropriated by Gemme for personal use, MyFoxBoston.com reported.
Gemme acknowledged responsibility for the thefts and promptly resigned.
In a letter to the parish, Bishop McManus asked for support for Gemme.
"This is very distressing news that I share with you today. It is tragic. Even in light of this serious breach of trust, we must remember that Fr. Gemme has done much good for many of you and your families, as well as for your parish and school. It will take time for us to find healing and I can only ask that you keep the parish and school community in prayer over the coming weeks and months, for with God's help all things are possible. In Christian charity, I also ask that you pray for Fr. Gemme and for all who struggle with gambling addictions," Bishop McManus said in his letter.
Gemme is undergoing treatment for his addiction.
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