First service held at Bronx church after bishop resigns

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BEDFORD PARK -

The first service since a Bronx bishop resigned over sexual abuse allegations was held at Our Lady of Refuge Church Sunday.

Bishop John Jenik resigned last week due to allegations of sexual abuse with a teenage boy in the 1980s.

Some who attended the Sunday morning service say they're giving Jenik love and support.

Father Jonathan Morris will be filling Jenik's position for now.

In a letter to the parishioners, the bishop denied all allegations and asked to pray for the person who brought the allegation against him and for all those who are victims and survivors of abuse.

A walk will be held outside the church Friday with parishioners.

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