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Springfield MA priest found dead - NECatholic - 07-04-2011

FYI

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/springfield_priest_found_dead.html

Tragic news.
(he was only 42 years old)
:pray:



Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - Someone1776 - 07-04-2011

You should post the whole story in your post.

Also:

:pray2:


Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - dymphna17 - 07-04-2011

According to one of the commenters, "Channel 40" reported that he killed himself with a self inflicted gunshot.  How sad.  :pray2:


Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - Someone1776 - 07-04-2011

(07-04-2011, 09:39 PM)dymphna17 Wrote: According to one of the commenters, "Channel 40" reported that he killed himself with a self inflicted gunshot.  How sad.   :pray2:

How horrible for a priest to reach such depths of despair. May the Lord have mercy on his soul...


Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - NECatholic - 07-04-2011

Here is the story about his suicide:

http://www.wggb.com/story/15023802/priest-found-dead-at-springfield-rectory-ruled-a-suicide



Priest Found Dead at Springfield Rectory Ruled a Suicide


Posted: Jul 04, 2011 9:34 PM
Updated: Jul 04, 2011 9:34 PM
By WGGB Staff Tricia Taskey - email

Father Paul Archambault was only a priest for 6-years, but in his short time serving the people of Springfield he touched many.

"He was a precious person." Kelly Dyer remembers..

Kelly Dyer is the activity director at Wingate at Hampden where Father Paul would sometimes come and say mass for residents at the long term care facility.

"We have monthly mass here a father from St. Mary's would come over. If Father Murphy was on vacation or busy, Father Paul would fill in for him." explained Dyer.

She says Father Paul was great with the residents here.

"He would always take the time to shake hands with the residents. They'd say hey Father Paul, how are you?

He had a gentile demeanor with everyone. Whenever we had to have a fill in, we hoped it was going to be Father Paul.

Father Paul said 4 o'clock mass Saturday at St. Mary's in Hamden, where he was filling in for a while.

When he didn't show up for mass the next morning, police were called to search for him.

Father Paul was found in a closet at the Our Lady of Sacred Heart parish rectory in Springfield, where he lived.

Police say he shot himself.

A big part of Father Pauls job as a priest was being a Chaplin for the Springfield area. We're told one of the last things he did before he died was respond to an emergency call at Baystate.

"He was very dedicated to help people out, no matter if it was people at the hospital or at a nursing home, and a lot of people forget about people in nursing homes, but he was always here to lend his spiritual guidance when we needed it." added Dyer.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says they are "deeply saddened to learn of the death of Father Paul Archambault".

They say - " Father Paul was a dedicated and devoted priest who served the people of the diocese with distinction."

Funeral services are still being planned

Police say Father Paul did not leave behind a note.


Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - devotedknuckles - 07-04-2011

how do they know it was a suicide?



Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - TradCathYouth - 07-05-2011

(07-04-2011, 10:45 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: how do they know it was a suicide?

My thoughts exactly. And where would a priest get a gun? I don't think many priests own firearms. In addition, the character displayed by the priest contradicts everything.


Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - NECatholic - 07-05-2011

(07-05-2011, 01:50 AM)TradCathYouth Wrote:
(07-04-2011, 10:45 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: how do they know it was a suicide?

My thoughts exactly. And where would a priest get a gun? I don't think many priests own firearms. In addition, the character displayed by the priest contradicts everything.

The gun could have been purchased and owned before he went seminary and ordination (he's been ordained for only 6 years) and concealed from others.  The other priests he shared the rectory with obviously respected his privacy and didn't do "room checks".

He could have purchased the gun after ordination - ie: The 2nd amendment to the Constitution gives the right to anyone to walk into a gun shop, pass the legal check and buy a gun -  even clergy.

He could have fooled everyone and had something dark hidden within his life or personality.  People hide things from others all the time - clergy too.

I don't think the reporters would have printed their story before the police concluded their investigation.  His body was found Sunday late morning and the story about his suicide came out late Monday -  plenty of time to determine whether it was a suicide or not - especially for a clergyman. 

I guess some who question the story just can't imagine a priest doing such a horrible act.  But some clergy do resort to suicide unfortunately.  They're human beings too with all the frailties and faults as the rest of us.






Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - Augstine Baker - 07-05-2011

I wonder if being a priest is more dangerous than coal mining.


Re: Springfield MA priest found dead - Habitual_Ritual - 07-05-2011

...and why do the deed in a closet?  Makes no sense.