2 priests, 1 with Cape ties, placed on leave after diocese review

Cape Cod Times

Nov. 3, 2019

By Doug Fraser

The Diocese of Fall River announced Sunday that two priests have been placed on administrative leave, including one with ties to the Cape.

The Revs. Daniel Lacroix and Richard Degagne were placed on leave after an internal investigation and external review of personnel files revealed alleged misconduct that occurred decades ago, according to diocesan spokesman John Kearns.

Lacroix served as the assistant pastor, also known as a parochial vicar, at the Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham from 1988 to 1991, and as the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis from 2008 to 2014. Degagne did not serve in any Cape or Islands parish, according to Kearns.

Both men have denied the allegations, Kearns wrote in a press release. He said the cases have been referred to the Cape and Islands and Bristol County district attorney’s offices.

Both incidents happened decades ago, and Degagne’s incident occurred before he was ordained, according to the press release.

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