Pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church Resigns

Jackson Sun
August 21, 2006

The Rev. Richard Mickey, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Jackson and St. John's Catholic Church in Brownsville, has resigned effective today, according to the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

Mickey cited personal reasons and a pending civil suit that accuses him of sexual abuse as his reasons for resigning, according to the Rev. John Geaney, spokesperson for the diocese.

In the pending civil case, two brothers, Blain and Blair Chambers, say Mickey sexually abused them in 1980 when they were students at Bishop Byrne High School in Memphis. At that time, Mickey was working as a counselor at the school.

Geaney said the Rev. Thomas Kirk, current pastor of St. Mary's, Savannah and Our Lady of the Lake Mission in Pickwick, will replace


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