Egan: Father Paul Egan

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Paul R. Egan

Priest, Diocese Charlottetown, PEI.  Ordained 1968.   Charged with gross indecency and indecent assault September 1995.  Charges withdrawn November 1995.

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Bishops of Charlottetown, PEI during Father Paul Egan’s tenure:  Malcolm A. MacEachern (27 November 1954 -24 February. 1970 ); Francis John Spence (17 August 1970 -24 April 1982); James Hector MacDonald, C.S.C. (12 August 1982 –  02 Feb 1991 ); Joseph Vernon Fougère (11 December 1991 -11 Jul 2009); Richard John Grecco (11 Jul 2009 –  )

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Unless otherwise indicated, the following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) of that date

2016:  Address in North Wiltshire, PEI – different than that of 2012 & 2013(CCCD)

2013, 2012:  Address in North Wiltshire, PEI (CCCD)

March 2011:  diocesan website lists him as Pastor at St. Joseph’s, Kelly’s Cross http://www.dioceseofcharlottetown.com/priests.html

2010, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997:  Pastor, St. James  RC Church, Summerfield, PEI and St. Joseph’s RC Church, Kelly’s Cross, PEI. (Grecco)

1996: address for Charlottetown Diocesan Centre

1995:  St. Margaret’s RC. Church, St. Margaret, PEI ,and St. Charles RC Church, St. Charles, PEI and St. Columbia RC Church, East Point PEI

September 1995:  charged following a month-long investigation

November 1995:  charges withdrawn “due to a change in circumstances involving pertinent evidence of witnesses.”

1994: Sabbatical

1993, 1992, 1991:  pastor, St. James RC Church, Georgetown, PEI

1985-86:  St. Theresa of the Little Flower RC Church, Morell, PEI

pre 1982:  St. Margaret’s RC Church, Bear Island PEI http://www.islandregister.com/1982stmargarets.html

1974-78:  according to media, served somewhere in Eastern Prince Edward Island.  Sex abuse allegations related to this time frame.

1973-74:  Pastor, St. Mary’s RC Church, Coleman Station, Brae, PEI

1971-72:  address St. Dunstan’s Rectory, Charlottetown, PEI (Rector at St. Dunstan’s Cathedral – Father W. O. Simpson.  Bishop of Charlottetown, Francis J. Spence)

1968: ORDAINED

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Charges dropped against priest 

Canadian Press

November 10, 1995

SOURIS, P.E.I. (CP) ‑‑ The Crown has dropped charges of gross indecency and indecent assault against a Roman Catholic priest.

Rev. Paul Egan was scheduled to appear in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

But RCMP Sgt. Dwight Mullally said the prosecution and police decided to withdraw the charges “due to a change in circumstances involving pertinent evidence of witnesses.”

He declined to elaborate in case the investigation was reopened.

Egan was charged in August following a month‑long investigation into events dating to between 1974 and 1977.

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Priest facing sex charges relieved of duties 

Canadian Press

01 September 1995

CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) ‑‑ A Roman Catholic priest facing sex charges has been relieved of all church duties.

Rev. Paul Egan has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault relating to alleged incidents between 1974 and 1978, when Egan was a priest in eastern Prince Edward Island.

The diocese of Charlottetown relieved Egan of his duties Friday and offered him counselling.

A spokesman for the diocese, Rev. Gerald Tingley, said the church has also offered help to the complainant in the case.

Said Bishop Vernon Fougere: the charges are serious and the case has touched Catholics across the province.

2 Responses to Egan: Father Paul Egan

  1. larry sharbell says:

    This was nothing short of a witch hunt of the worst kind. One of the best Man who ever worn the collar was just wrongfully accused of a crime without a proper investigation. A police officer for 35 years I think I have the right to call a snow job when I see one

  2. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Not that this is important Larry, but this was 22 years ago. Did you just hear about this now?
    You, as a former police officer, would (and should) well know that sometimes charges are dropped if the Crown does not see a reasonable chance of conviction.
    This is NOT a finding of innocence, nor is it a “snow-job” or a “witch hunt”.
    Do you have information that should have been given to the Crown regarding this case? Mike.

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