The Rev. Shaun Lowery of St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2201 S. Old 23 in Brighton, has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Michigan Attorney General, according to an email sent to parish members on Friday.
Since 2018, the Michigan Attorney General has been conducting a “full and complete investigation” of Catholic Church abuse.
The announcement of the investigation and Lowery’s leave was made in an email to the nearly 1,600 families of St. Mary Magdalen Church.
The email was obtained by The Livingston Post. The text of the email is below:
Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing has placed the Reverend Shaun Lowery, Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, on ministerial leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Michigan Office of the Attorney General. The Diocese of Lansing is fully cooperating with the Attorney General’s investigation. The existence of an investigation carries no presumption of guilt. No more information can be shared publicly until the matter has been concluded following said investigation.
The Diocese of Lansing expects that all diocesan employees, clergy, and volunteers will exemplify the moral teachings of Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church in their personal and professional life. See Diocesan Code of Conduct. Anyone wishing to report misconduct may do so here.
If anyone has reason to suspect physical, sexual or emotional abuse of any person of any age, please contact Protective Services or the police, as appropriate. If abuse by anyone connected to the Church is suspected, please also contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator at (888) 308-6252 or email: email@example.com. Anyone reporting clergy abuse can do so directly to the Michigan Attorney General here or by calling the investigation hotline at 844-324-3374.
Lowery became pastor of St. Mary Magdalen in 2019. He replaced the Rev. David Howell, who had been pastor there for 26 years, from when the parish was established in 1993.
Lowery arrived at St. Mary Magdalen from a position as parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi in Ann Arbor.