RI--Five “under the radar” who abused elsewhere but spent time in RI
FACT SHEET: Five “under the radar” who abused elsewhere but spent time in RI
--Fr. Joseph Rocha OP, ordained: 1966
He appears on the most recent list of "new" priests added to Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian's website. Rocha worked quite a few years in the Providence diocese and even held a diocesan post (on the diocesan tribunal). There's been no publicity about him since 2001 when a small article mentioned he had been arrested, but it didn't mention that he was a priest.
He worked in Providence and Warwick. His assignment history:
His status as an accused cleric was first made public by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian in March 2016:
--Brother Shawn McEnany, S.C., ordained: 1983
He was criminally convicted in Maine in 1988 and appears to be working now as a counselor in RI.
His Linked In page:
His Facebook page:
His assignment history:
According to BishopAccountability.org, “McEnany is last known to be living in the Order's Pascoag, RI community and working as a clinical social worker.”
--Fr. Dennis P. Murphy, ordained: 1974
Suspended: 2004 due to complaints about his interaction with teenage youths. Murphy was on loan to the Military Archdiocese, working in Providence RI at the VA hospital for nine years. In 2007, he was listed as "retired from ministry" on the diocesan website but he is also shown as affiliated with the Univ. of Virginia in Charlottesville. Murphy also worked in Boston. He also worked in Cumberland RI.
--Fr. Donald E. Messier, ordained: 1968
His name appeared on a list of 21 priests accused of abuse which District Attorney released 2002. In 1973, Messier left the Fall River diocese to work in Providence Diocese.
--Br. Roger B. Argencourt, ordained: 1965
He belonged to the Brothers of Sacred Heart and was also known as Br. Odillon. Placed on leave Jan. 2002 and sued April 2002 for abuse in 1973-1974 at Bishop Guertin High School in Manchester, NH. He admitted abuse in court records. Also admitted abuse of another student. Second suit filed at a later date. One case settled 2003. Authorities in RI were preparing to file charges re abuse at Mount Saint Charles Academy when Argencourt died in 2002. Several other abusers at Bishop Guerin. He worked in Pascoag and Woonsocket.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members)(www.SNAPnetwork.org) Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org). At BishopAccountability.org, contact Anne Barrett Doyle 781-439-5208.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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