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Officials suspend hospital chaplain at Bedford VA hospital

A chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bedford who has been living at a church rectory in Stow is under investigation for “personal conduct matters,” the Archdiocese of Boston said Friday.

Reverend Luke Odor is being investigated by the Archdiocese for the Military, which supervises him, the Boston Archdiocese said in a statement. Odor has been suspended by the military archdiocese, and the Boston Archdiocese said it had followed suit, taking “similar action.”

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It wasn’t clear what Odor was being investigated for. The Boston Archdiocese said the allegations did not involve any matters related to the Boston Archdiocese or the church in Stow. Kellyanne Dignan, a spokeswoman for the Boston Archdiocese, referred further questions about Odor’s alleged actions to the military archdiocese. The military archdiocese did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Odor, of Aba, Nigeria, has been living in the rectory at St. Isidore’s Church in Stow. He will no longer be allowed to live there and he is not allowed to act as a priest in the Boston Archdiocese, church officials said. “The Church prays for all those impacted by these events,” the Boston Archdiocese said.

Brian Ballou can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GlobeBallou.
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