Local priest facing deportation back to Philippines - KMOV.com

Local priest facing deportation back to Philippines

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A Catholic priest in Farmington is being forced by immigration officials to leave the country by next week.

Father Abe Arganiosa says he already has a plane ticket for his native Philippines.

"As a Catholic priest, I have to accept it as a sacrifice," he said

Archdiocese officials are not commenting on why Father Abe, as he is known at St. Joseph's Church, has to leave.

The church's website has a statement saying that the priest's work visa is expired and all appeals to keep him here were rejected.

A News 4 source close to the parish says it appears the deportation may be over mishandled paperwork for the priest.

Father Abe has spent the last five years in the area serving at churches in south St. Louis County and in Farmington.

He says he's grateful to the Archbishop for his time in Missouri.

"It is sad in a sense that I was still hoping and praying that our appeal would be accepted," Father Abe says.

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