Statement on Lavigne's Guilty Plea

By Bishop John A. Marshall
Reprinted by the [Springfield MA] Union-News
June 26, 1992

I am saddened to learn that Reverend Richard Lavigne, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls, has today entered a plea of guilty to some of the charges, which had been brought against him.

This series of events has truly been a tragedy for all concerned.

I ask your continued prayers for the victims and their families, for Father Lavigne and his family, for the people of St. Joseph Parish, and for all who have been troubled by this matter.

As together we strive to move forward from this unfortunate episode in the life of our church and community, I also ask for the prayers of Catholics and all people of good will in Western Massachusetts that we may be able to alleviate to the degree possible the suffering which has burdened our area during these past many months.

May the Lord, in His goodness and mercy, hasten the healing process among us and renew us in fai th, hope and love for God and for one another.


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