Priest Who Formerly Served Topeka Parish Steps Down

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(WIBW) - A priest who once served in Marshall County and Topeka is accused of violating his oath of celibacy and prohibited from continuing his duties.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas confirmed Wednesday it received an allegation June 8th against Father William Bruning, who currently serves Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe. The archdiocese says it did not involve minors or any individual from a parish where Bruning had preached.

In a statement, the archdiocese said Bruning admitted the allegation was true and "expressed profound regret and sincere sorrow for the pain his actions have now caused the many people who love and respect him."

The archdiocese says Bruning has left the area to begin a treatment program.

Fr. Bruning was ordained in 1993. He served in Johnson County, Marshall County and at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish on NW 46th St., north of Topeka.