Priest to undergo counseling after hiking trip with children

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CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. (KAKE) -

A priest currently serving in Conway Springs has agreed to counseling after a recent hiking trip with children. 

A letter sent from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita to the parishioners of St. Joseph said Father Andy Seiler has agreed to a "personal and priestly assessment",  which includes counseling beginning November 14th. 

Father Seiler was asked to step out of the active ministry following a hiking trip with several parish children last month.  There were no other adults on the hiking trip.  The letter, from Wichita Bishop Carl Kemme, said there are no allegations of abuse and no harm was done to the children.  Bishop Kemme added, "Father Andy's lack of prudence and lapse in judgment on the day in question gave an appearance of impropriety and caused concerns".  

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