Saginaw diocese cancels annual ball, postpones youth event amid ongoing investigation

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has canceled the upcoming Bishop’s Ball out of sensitivity to the community. (Photo: Neille Giffune/WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has canceled the upcoming Bishop’s Ball out of sensitivity to the community.

The diocese also said the MYFaith youth event planned for August has been postponed.

In a statement, the diocese said “a celebration during this time would not be in keeping with the heartache felt in the local Church community.”

The diocese has been at the center of a criminal sexual conduct investigation involving former priest Father Robert Deland.

Another priest, Father Ronald Dombrowski has been accused of abuse by a former parishioner.

The Diocese has placed him on suspension as a precautionary measure.

Police later served search warrants for the diocese’s offices as well as the home of Bishop Joseph Cistone.

Evidence, including several computers, was taken from those locations.

The ball was scheduled to take place Friday, April 27 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.

Those who have purchased tickets and event sponsors will receive a full refund.

Award recipients of the ball will be honored at a later time.

The MyFaith youth event was planned for Saturday, August 11 at Saginaw Valley State University.

A new date for that event has yet to be determined.

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