Royal Oak, Ferndale Priest Resigns; Sexual Misconduct Alleged

By Doug Guthrie
Detroit News
April 24, 2009 +resigns++sexual+misconduct+alleged

Detroit -- Allegations of sexual misconduct have resulted in the resignation of the priest serving as pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Royal Oak and St. James Parish in Ferndale.

Kenneth Kaucheck, 62, resigned Thursday and is restricted from public ministry while on administrative leave of absence, according to an announcement Friday by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

An archdiocesan review found substantiation for an allegation received in January about sexual misconduct by Kaucheck with a person under 18. The incident dates back to the early years of Kaucheck's ministry in the Detroit archdiocese, according to a written statement released by the archdiocese Friday.

Church authorities say they informed police in January about the allegation.

A new pastor will be announced at weekend services. A retired priest, John Hall, will serve temporarily as administrator.

Kaucheck was named pastor at the churches in Ferndale and Royal Oak in 2008. He was ordained in 1976.

He had previously served as an associate pastor at Guardian Angels in Clawson in 1976, at Sacred Heart in Dearborn from 1977-1980 and at Christ the King in Detroit in 1980 and as campus minister at Gabriel Richard Center in Dearborn from 1980-1982.

He was appointed pastor in 1982 at Epiphany Parish in Detroit and became auditor of annulment cases for the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal in 1983.

Kaucheck was named associate pastor at St. Anastasia Parish in Troy as well as grievance clerk for the tribunal in 1992. He was elevated to pastor of the church in Troy in 1996.

He was named pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Grosse Pointe Woods in 2004. Before being named pastor of the churches in Ferndale and Royal Oak, he served in 2006 as temporary administrator of Holy Family in Detroit.

Kaucheck studied at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit; St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Md.; and the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He holds doctorates in ministry and canon law.

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