Cases in Process

This category includes living priests of the Diocese of Fall River who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing a minor, but the canonical and/or civil proceedings involving these priests have not yet been resolved. There has not yet been a determination either under canon (Church) or civil law regarding whether the allegations against clergy listed here are credible. Consistent with the principles of the American justice system and Church law, these individuals are afforded a presumption of innocence. The priests in this section are prohibited from engaging in public ministry while their cases are in process.

NameYear of
Year of
Diocese of IncardinationAssignment History in the Diocese of Fall RiverStatus
Buckley, James F.19311959Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary Cathedral, Fall River
Sacred Heart, Fall River
Immaculate Conception, Fall River
St. Joan of Arc, Orleans
St. Augustine, Vineyard Haven
St. Margaret, Buzzards Bay
Holy Redeemer, Chatham
Faculties suspended
Byington, Edward J.19391970Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John, Attleboro
Sacred Heart, Taunton
St. Patrick, Fall River
St. Paul, Taunton
St. George, Westport
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Seekonk
Girl Scouts of America, Attleboro Area
Sacred Heart, Fall River
St. Francis, Hyannis
St. Thomas More, Somerset
Faculties suspended
Degagne, Richard E.19541982Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John, Attleboro
Holy Name, Fall River
St. Anthony of Padua, New Bedford
Notre Dame, Fall River
Sacred Heart, North Attleboro
Immaculate Conception, Taunton
St. John Neumann, East Freetown
Immaculate Conception, North Easton
Faculties suspended