Here is an odd story of a seminarian originally from Africa living a double life. He might have already been married there, and while here was dating and working at schemes to defraud people of money.
…At 28, Nanyumba was "industrious and cooperative," Todd said. He preached occasionally, taught religion to high school students and visited the sick and homebound.
"Before September, I would’ve said he was one of the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had six or seven," Todd said.
But in September, a woman approached Todd with a remarkable tale.
She was not from Thibodaux, nor was St. Genevieve her regular parish, she told him. But dropping by Mass there one Sunday, she was astonished to see the heart doctor she had met in a bar — the doctor she had taken home to meet her parents — dressed in vestments and reading the Gospel in the pulpit.
Boy don’t you hate went that happens.
…So, did Jude Nanyumba begin studies for the priesthood with good intentions, then run wildly off the rails? Or was he a con man who spent years building an elaborate fake persona before cashing in?
"I’d like to think the first, but the evidence points to the second," Todd said.
"That’s tragic, because it begins to poison the water for others — for seminarians and other priests," Maestri said. "It comes back to trust. And the end of the day the only thing we have as priests and seminarians is the willingness of people to trust us to act honorably."
At the end of his report, Todd advised his parishioners not to let the allegations around Nanyumba scar their sense of generosity.
"When we love and trust someone, we take the risk of being hurt," he wrote. "When we are hurt, we are reluctant to love and trust again. However, if we do that, we will become ‘inhuman’ human beings. We need to vent our anger, forgive Jude and move on.
"God will deal with Jude."