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,[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]). At BishopAccountability.org, contact Anne Barrett Doyle 781-439-5208.

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  • Natascha Stewart
    commented 2017-07-15 20:47:35 -0500
    Brother Shawn McEnany was a wonderful man, who worked tirelessly toward bettering this world. He served his sentence for the charges brought against him involving a 15 year old girl, and never again was he accused of any such crime. The “victim’s” mother led the cry against Brother Shawn because she was afraid the real truth would come out, which was that the girl was being molested at home. Somehow, Brother Shawn’s attempts to help the girl were twisted to point the finger at him.
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