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Father John Feit

Community Liaison

St. Vincent de

Direct Phone: (602) ***-****       

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"Two days after that, a young ...

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"Two days after that, a young priest at Sacred Heart, Father John Feit, wrote the police a note that that was, in fact, his slide viewer and he had purchased it the year before in a nearby town," Colloff continued.

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Father John Feit was a 27-year-old visiting priest and one of the last people to see Irene Garza alive. His note about the slide viewer did not explain how it wound up in the canal.
"Do you remember how long after your father became active in the investigation did he begin to suspect Father Feit?
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The police questioned hundreds of people, but focused on Father Feit.
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Father Feit also said that during confessions, he had broken his glasses.
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Feit explained he got them because he was locked out of the residence.
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Father Feit continued to be the focus of the investigation, but police kept their suspicions to themselves.
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Because new suspicions landed Father John Feit on page one of the local papers.
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Now Father Feit was at the center of two cases. He was polygraphed by the premier lie detector firm in the country, which concluded Feit was not telling the truth.
"It was shown that Father Feit was trying to control his breathing ... and was even saying things like--'There won't be any more--evidence that comes out and what you have isn't enough to convict me,'" said Colloff.
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Father Feit was indicted for attempting to rape Maria America Guerra and stood trial in 1961.
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Rather than face another trial, Feit pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of aggravated assault. His punishment? A $500 fine.
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Father O'Brien was the priest who noticed those scratches on Father Feit's hands.
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"And Father O'Brien ... told Irene's parents that if the church found that Father Feit had done this that he would face a far greater punishment from the church than anything that the courts could ever give him," said Colloff.
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Father Feit soon disappeared from McAllen, ending up in various monasteries.
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John Feit.
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Tacheny says in 1963, his superior - who has since died -- told him about a young priest named John Feit who had just arrived at the monastery.
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"I asked Father Feit that, yes," Tachney replied.
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Tacheny counseled Feit for several months until it became clear that Feit wouldn't make a good monk and couldn't stay at Assumption Abbey.
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John Feit: Yes.
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John Feit: Da-aale!
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John Feit: At the time I was in the monastery I was pretty much a broken man. Psychologically, emotionally, spiritually. I have no recollection what I may have told you at that time.
But Feit denied the accusations that have dogged him for decades:
John Feit: And I am telling you this evening that I am not the man who killed Irene Garza.
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John Feit: Dale, I can only repeat myself and say I am not the man who killed Irene Garza.
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But there was soon another witness, Father O'Brien, who would tell investigators that that's exactly who John Feit is.
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In 2003, at the request of law enforcement, former monk Dale Tacheny was asked to call former priest John Feit.
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"And what did Feit do to her do you think?
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"He said he suspected John Feit ... having something to do with Irene being missing," said the Texas Ranger.
"He told you that 42 years later that that day he suspected John Feit," said Schlesinger.
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O'Brien finally told Jaramillo that during a confrontation back in 1960, Feit had made a crucial admission.
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The order strongly denies it protected Feit.
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"Did you think you had enough at this point to arrest John Feit?
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"Do you think John Feit killed Irene Garza?
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"You don't believe Feit ever confessed to him," Schlesinger noted.
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It could be damning testimony if John Feit ever has to face his accusers.
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Decades after Irene Garza's murder, her family remained determined to get the case against John Feit moving forward.
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John Feit was never subpoenaed; neither were the two main witnesses, Dale Tacheny or Father O'Brien.
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In June 2004, the grand jury declined to indict John Feit for the murder of Irene Garza.
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Feit is now 83 and a grandfather. For decades he has lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic food bank. Stephen Zabilski, the agency's executive director, says Feit told him about the allegations of murder 10 years ago.
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"I remember asking John if there was anything at all to this and his answer was just absolutely not."
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Schlesinger asked Feit.
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"No," said Feit.
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"Dale is full of sh--," Feit replied.
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"Dale is full of sh--," Feit exclaimed."S -H - -."
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Feit yelled before slamming the door.
John Feit may have slammed the door on "48 Hours,"but in February, his past may have finally caught up to him. The new prosecutors brought the case to a new grand jury. This time, Feit was indicted and the former priest was arrested and charged with murdering Irene Garza.
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At his first court appearance in Phoenix, Arizona, Feit seemed bewildered.
"This whole thing makes no sense to me because the crime in question took place in 1960," he told a judge.
It looked like Feit would fight extradition, but at a later hearing, he decided to go back to Texas to face the charges:
Judge: Do you understand that by signing this document you are waiving your challenge to the Governor's warrant?
Feit: Yes [blows a kiss to his family]
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On March 14, 2016, former priest John Feit was charged with he...
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The pursuit of John Feit has been Sigler's passion for most of her life.
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John Feit has pleaded not guilty.


St. Vincent ensures the homeless are fed

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They were ringing the doorbell at St. Mary's Church all the time," said John Feit, a community liaison at St. Vincent de Paul.

At first, the needy were given vouchers to eat at a diner, and the society would pick up the tab.Then, on Nov. 20, members started the charity dining hall in an empty diner with $400.
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"We never serve soup," Feit said, "because we don't want to be a soup kitchen."
Reach the reporter at (602) 444-8014 or sarah.anchors@arizonarepublic.com.
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State aid for desperately poor apparently near termination

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However, it takes "months and months" to qualify for SSI, said John Feit, a community liaison for the St. Vincent de Paul Society."In the meantime, the General Assistance is the only way of subsisting."


Valley Professionals Seeking Social Services After Layoffs

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"We are hearing a lot more of, 'I've never had to ask for help before' as if people are embarrassed to have to ask," said John Feit, community liaison for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

"We've got people in north Scottsdale where the guy says, 'We got taken over by so and so and they're bringing in their own people.' So there goes a $120,000 salary," Feit added.
In the case at Lutheran Social Ministry, both the wife and husband were laid off.


azcentral.com - Professionals in line for help

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"We are hearing a lot more of, 'I've never had to ask for help before' as if people are embarrassed to have to ask," said John Feit, community liaison for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

"We've got people in north Scottsdale where the guy says, 'We got taken over by so and so and they're bringing in their own people.' So there goes a $120,000 salary," Feit added.
In the case at Lutheran Social Ministry, both the wife and husband were laid off.

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