Joint Statement
from the
Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
and the

Newman Catholic Student Center Parish

December 6, 2017

We have recently learned the outcome of the Federal criminal charges against Brian Cansler, the former business manager at Newman. Mr. Cansler pled guilty to charges regarding theft of funds from the parish and improper use of parish credit cards. We are also aware of a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina detailing the charges and his sentence to federal prison. The Diocese and the Newman Community express their gratitude to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and those investigators and lawyers involved in the case for their dedicated efforts as public servants of our country and the people here in North Carolina. 

The Diocese of Raleigh, which upholds the financial standards and expectations of all parishes and ministries within the diocese, conducts regular audits and/or financial reviews of its entities. It was after one audit/review was performed and prior to the next audit/review that these crimes occurred. As a result of a diocesan insurance program and other safeguards, the parish recovered the funds, is fulfilling its financial commitments, and has continued serving the spiritual needs of the faithful at UNC and in Chapel Hill.

Mr. Cansler betrayed the fiduciary trust placed in him as an employee with responsibility for the good stewardship of parish finances. While he now will face the consequences of his choices, our continued hope is that Mr. Cansler will seek the Lord’s will, and that he will use the coming time to reform his behavior and amend his life. In this Advent season of penance and preparation for Christmas, the Gospel reminds us that our mistakes can, in the end, humbly lead us closer to God. Please pray that Mr. Cansler chooses to allow his present circumstances to be a turning point in his life, and that, with the closure of this case, the Newman Community will be renewed in hope and peace.