Pastor Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Jeremy Carroll
C & G
April 27, 2009

ROYAL OAK The pastor at St. Mary Parish in Royal Oak and St. James Parish in Ferndale has been placed on administrative leave after sexual abuse allegations surfaced.

Fr. Kenneth Kaucheck, 62, has resigned as pastor for St. Mary Parish and St. James Parish, the Archdiocese of Detroit said in a press release. He was put on administrative leave and is restricted from any public ministry. The move was announced on April 24.

The allegations involve sexual misconduct between Kaucheck and a person under the age of 18 dating back to the early years of his ministry in the Detroit archdiocese.

Kaucheck was ordained in 1976 and began his career as an associate pastor for Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson. He spent time at parishes in Dearborn, Detroit, Troy and Grosse Pointe Woods, according to biographical information provided by the archdiocese.

Kaucheck was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish and St. James Parish in 2008.

In its release, the archdiocese said they received information about the allegation in January and immediately shared it with the local police. The archdiocese conducted an independent investigation and found the complaint to be of sufficient substance to put Kaucheck on leave.

Fr. John Hall, a retired senior priest, will serve as administrator at both parishes in the interim.

You can reach Staff Writer Jeremy Carroll at or at (586) 279-1110.


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