A large group of parishioners from St. Isabel Catholic Church filled the Herb Strauss Theater last week to discuss the situation with Fr. Christopher Senk, who was placed on administrative leave in October 2016 following accusations of financially exploiting an elderly parishioner by her wealthy Baltimore family, and issues concerning the future of the parish.

The group of approximately 130 parishioners included those who remain in attendance at St. Isabel and those who have chosen to attend Mass elsewhere. The discussion included a contentious debate on withholding of financial support for the church. Some expressed all parishioners should financially support the church. Others cannot justify supporting the church, when 26 percent of the funds collected go to the bishop and Diocese of Venice, whom they hold responsible for the absence of Senk and upset in the church.