Malcolm A. MacEachern (Father Malcolm MacEachern – later Bishop Malcolm MacEachern)
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diocesan priest ordained for the Diocese of Antigonish 1927. Became Bishop of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 1955. He was known as “Big Malcolm” – some who knew him say he was a huge man – at least 6′4″ and also large build.
December 2010 lawsuit by man alleging childhood sexual in New Waterford, Nova Scotia in early 50s.
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01 December 2010: John Carson MacKenzie Statement of Claim re Malcolm MacEachern
Unless otherwise indicated the following dates and information are drawn from available Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD), media (M) legal documents – Statement of Claim (L). Additional timelines and information will be added as information becomes available.
28 March 1982: Died in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
24 February 1970: Resigned (that’s an early resignation for a bishop?)
after retirement lived at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
1968: Secretary of CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) Education Commission with Bishops P.J. Skinner (chairman), James Carney, G.B. Flahiff csb, and T.J. McCarthy.
member of CCCB Religious Education Committee with W.E. Doyle (Chairman), James Carney (Secretary), G. Emmett Carter and M.C. O`Neil
1967: member of CCCB Education Commission with Bishop Patrick Skinner cjm (President) and G. Emmett Carter (Secretary) (CCCD)
member of CCCB Religious Education Committee with Bishops Michael C. O`Neil, George B. Flahiff, W. Emmett Doyle and G. Emmett Carter) (CCCD)
11 October 1962 – 08 December 1965: Council Father for Sessions One, Two, Three and Four of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) (as were Remi DeRoo [Bishop Emeritus of Victoria, B.C.], Emmett Cardinal Carter [former Bishop of London and Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto], Alexander Carter [Bishop Emeritus of Sault Ste Marie], Philip Pocock [former Bishop of Saskatoon, Sask., former Archbishop of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto, Ontario] and George Bernard Flahiff csb [Archbishop Emeritus of Winnipeg, Manitoba ] )
11 October 1962-08 December 1962; Session One
29 September 1963-04 December 1963: Session Two
14 September 1964-21 November 1964: Session Three
14 September 1965—08 December 1965: Session Four
18 January 1955: Consecrated bishop of Charlottetown at St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish, N.S. (1968-69 CCCD) Principal Consecrator: Giovanni Cardinal Panico , then Apostolic Nuncio). Principal Co-Consecrators: Archbishop Joseph Gerald Berry (Archbishop of Halifax – former Bishop of Peterborough, Ontario) and Bishop William Joseph Smith, Bishop of Pembroke, Ontario)
27 November 1954: Named Bishop of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. (1968-69 CCCD)
“Former pastors include Rev. J.H. Nicholson, Rev. Dr. A.A. Johnston, renowned historian of the Diocese of Antigonish, Rev. M.A. MacEachern who left here to become Bishop of Charlottetown, Rev. A.A. Beaton, Bishop George L. Landry, Rev. F.N. MacIssac, Rev. Bernard MacNeil, and Rev. John MacKinnon.” (New Waterford Churches ref Malcolm MacDonald www_cbv_ns_ca_nwcomndx_history_churches)
1951: Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, New Waterford, Nova Scotia (L and C)
around 1953-54: according to legal documents sexually abusing John Carson MacKenzie. MacKenzie was a altar boy – he was about 11-years-old when the abuse began. The abuse transpired in the Sacristy, in the rectory and at church camp in Hay Cove, Nova Scotia (L)
1935-1951: Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis Xavier University (C)
1935: Doctorate in Philosophy from University of Louvain, Belgium (C and 1968-69 CCCD)
“? date: Doctorate in Theology from University of Montreal
1930-1951: Philosophy Professor: St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish (A History of St. Francis Xavier University, by James Cameron, 1996)
1927-1930: assisting at parish in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia (C)
11 June 1927: Ordained as priest for the Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. (Theology studies at Grand Seminary , Montreal, Quebec) (1968-69 CCCD)
attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish (C)
05 October 1901: Born in Broad Cove, Nova Scotia (CCCD)
Diocese of Antigonish facing lawsuit
101.5 The Hawk (Port Hawksbury, Nova Scotia)
Thursday, 16 December 2010 16:19
The Diocese is Antigonish is facing a lawsuit by an Ontario man who says a former priest sexually abused him as a child.
John Carson MacKenzie, 69, says he was abused by Reverend Malcolm MacEachern in the 1950’s.
MacEachern was the priest of the Mount Carmel Parish in New Waterford at the time.
He died in 1982.
MacKenzie says he was roughly 11 years old and an altar server at the church when he was abused.
He says it took place for roughly two years.
He’s looking for $1.75 million in damages.
The suit was filed in a week ago in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Antigonish.
The allegations have not been proven in court.
Ontario man files lawsuit claiming abuse by priest in Nova Scotia in 1950s
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
An Ontario man has filed a lawsuit against Nova Scotia’s Roman
Catholic Diocese of Antigonish, alleging one of its former priests
sexually abused him as a child.
Antigonish, N.S. – An Ontario man has filed a lawsuit against Nova
Scotia’s Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish, alleging one of its
former priests sexually abused him as a child.
The 69-year-old man alleges he was abused in the 1950s by Rev.
Malcolm MacEachern, who was the priest of Mount Carmel parish in New
Waterford, N.S., at the time.
The plaintiff, who lives in Hamilton, alleges in the statement of
claim that the abuse began around 1953.
He says he was about 11 years old and an altar server at the church
at the time and he claims the abuse continued for about two years.
MacEachern died in 1982.
None of the allegations contained in the suit filed last Thursday in
the province’s Supreme Court have been proven.
The plaintiff is seeking $1.75 million in damages.
The diocese is trying to raise money for a $15-million settlement
with victims of alleged sexual abuse in a separate matter.
Bishop Raymond Lahey, who helped negotiate the settlement, faces a
trial of his own next year on charges of possessing and importing
child pornography in 2009.
Diocese of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island website
Bishop Malcolm MacEachern
Born at Broad Cove, Cape Breton in 1901
Bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown: 1955-1970
Bishop Malcolm was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. He studied theology at the Grand Seminary of Montreal and in 1927 he was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Antigonish.
Father MacEachern was curate at Sydney Mines for three years and then on the faculty of St. F.X. University for two years. From there he was sent to Louvain University in Belgium where in 1935 he merited a Ph.D. in philosophy. Earlier he had earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Montreal. He rejoined the St. F.X. faculty in 1935 as professor of philosophy, a position he held until 1951 when he was named pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in New Waterford.
Late in 1954 Father MacEachern was appointed Bishop of Charlottetown and was consecrated in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish on January 18, 1955. During the Bishop MacEachern years there was much new diocesan construction. S.D.U. added Marian Hall, a modern rink, Kelley Library, Duffy Science Building and Bernadine Hall. Other new structures included the large nurses’ residence of the Charlottetown Hospital, the Sacred Heart Home and the bishop’s residence-chancery (Dun Glaston). Two new parishes, St. Pius X and Southport were formed. Three Eucharistic Congresses were held in the diocese and in 1968 a missionary outreach into Latin America was begun with the sending of several priests there.
The great Second Vatican Council took place during the Bishop MacEachern years here and he participated in all four autumn sessions, 1962-1965 inclusive. He also anxiously began arranging the many changes emanating from the Council. The sale of the S.D.U. campus in 1969 and the disappearance of this beloved 114-year-old seat of learning was a difficult moment for the bishop and diocese. Bishop MacEachern retired in February of 1970 and took up residence at St. F.X. University, Antigonish. He died on March 28, 1982 and is buried in St. Margaret’s Church Cemetery, Broad Cove, the bishop’s native parish.