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Assignment Record– Rev. Kenneth R. Kaucheck

Summary of Case: Kenneth Kaucheck was ordained for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1976. He was assigned to parishes in Clawson, Dearborn, Detroit, and in Troy, where he was appointed pastor. He pastored parishes also in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Ferndale. Kaucheck served on the Archdiocesan Tribunal for many years and was a Regional Vicar. In January 2009 a woman reported to the archdiocese that Kaucheck had engaged in "sexual misconduct" with her in 1976, when she was 16 years-old and he was her counselor at Guardian Angels parish in Clawson. When a senior priest at Guardian Angels was told of the situation that year, he held a meeting with Kaucheck, the girl and her father and brother. Kaucheck was reassigned. In 2009 the Archdiocesan Review Board deemed the allegation credible, and Kaucheck was placed on leave. In May 2016 it came to light that, along with a nun, Kaucheck co-founded a facility for pregnant teens in 2015. The archdiocese stated that his position there violated the restrictions placed on him in 2009, and that he could be removed under canon law.

Ordained: 1976
Educated: Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit MI; St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth MI; St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore MD.; Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. Doctorates in ministry and canon law.


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1976

Archdiocese of Detroit

Archbishop was John Francis Dearden (1958-1980).

1977 Guardian Angels

Clawson

A woman told the archdiocese in January 2009 that Kaucheck engaged in "sexual misconduct" with her in 1976, when she was 16 years-old and he was her counselor. The girl told the receptionist at Guardian Angels at the time, who reported it to a church deacon. The deacon informed the parish's senior priest. The senior priest held a meeting with Kaucheck and the girl and her father and brother. Kaucheck was reassigned.

MI 3/3

Guardian Angels had a school with 449 students.

 

1977 1980 Sacred Heart Dearborn MI 3/3, 2/3 Sacred Heart had a school with 257-197 students.

1980

Dearden was succeeded by Edmund Casimir Szoka (1981-1990).

1982 Christ the King Detroit MI 2/2 Christ the King had a school with 355-501 students.
1982 1985 Epiphany Detroit MI 1/1  
1985 1990 Graduate Studies        

1990

Adam Joseph Maida replaced Szoka as Detroit archbishop (1990-2009).

2010 Archdiocesan Tribunal Detroit MI Defenders of the Bond 1990-1992, 1999-2000. Judge1992-1999, 2000-2010.  
1991 2004 St. Anastasia's Troy MI 2/2, 1/2, 1/1 St. Anastasia's had a religious education program with 876-1,302 students.
1997 2008 Archdiocesan Vicars Detroit MI  

 

2004 2008 Our Lady Star of the Sea Grosse Pointe MI 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Our Lady Star of the Sea had a school with 496-402 students, and a religious education program with 581-530 students.
2008 2009 St. Mary's Royal Oak MI 1/1 St. Mary's had a school with 164 students, and a religious education program with 115 students.
2008 2009 St. James' Ferndale MI 1/1 St. James' had a religious education program with 104 students.

2009

Allen Henry Vigneron succeeded Maida (2009-).

2016 Absent on Leave      

Kaucheck was placed on leave in 2009 due to an allegation in January that he had engaged in sexual misconduct in the 1970s with a teenage girl. The Archdiocesan Review Board deemed the allegation credible. Civil authorities were notified.

In 2015, along with a nun, Kaucheck co-founded Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Residence, a facility for pregnant teens in Eastpointe MI.

In May 2016 the archdiocese stated that his position was a violation of the restrictions placed on him in 2009, and that he could be removed under canon law.

Kaucheck reportedly has been living at the Jesuit Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1977-2014).

Priest Resigns from Ferndale Church after Sexual Misconduct Accusation, By Cecil Angel, Detroit Free Press, April 24, 2009
Royal Oak, Ferndale Priest Resigns; Sexual Misconduct Alleged, By Doug Guthrie, Detroit News, April 24, 2009
Parishioners Told of Abuse Allegation against Priest, By Christy Arboscello, Detroit Free Press, April 25, 2009
Pastor Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations, By Jeremy Carroll, C & G, April 27, 2009
No Charges for Oakland Priest Accused of Sex with Girl, By Cecil Angel, Detroit Free Press, April 28, 2009
Protestors Claim Clergy Sex Allegations Mishandled, By Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News, May 4, 2009
Detroit Archdiocese: Priests and Policy Status Report, By Ned McGrath, Archdiocese of Detroit, October, 2009
Priest Booted from Church for Sexual Misconduct Heads Agency for Pregnant Teens, ClickonDetroit, May 9, 2016
Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Finds Work at Teen Pregnancy Center, By Kelly Weill, Daily Beast, May 9, 2016
Activists Sound the Alarm after Priest Who Was Accused of Assault Is Given Position at Teen Pregnancy Center, By Lindsey Ellefson, Mediaite, May 9, 2016
Priest Banned for Molesting Girl Gets a New Job As Director of Teen Pregnancy Center, By David Edwards, Raw Story, May 9, 2016
Priest Banished for Sex Abuse Now Works with Pregnant Teens, By Beth Dalbey, Patch, May 9, 2016
Archdiocese seeks to remove priest from pregnant-teenager facility, By Jameson Cook, Daily Tribune, April 16, 2016

 

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This assignment record was last updated on May 12, 2016.


 
 

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