Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Death of priest ruled a suicide
Police said Monday that the Rev. Paul Archambault (ARCH’-am-bault) died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was found Sunday at the Sacred Heart rectory.
Archambault said Mass on Saturday at St. Mary’s in Hampden, and was scheduled to return Sunday. When he did not arrive, parish members contacted Sacred Heart.
Police say there was no note.
A Springfield Diocese spokesman says Archambault was last seen publicly Saturday night at Baystate Medical Center where he was chaplain.
Bishop Timothy McDonnell said in a statement that the 42-year-old Archambault was "a good and pastoral priest, a caring chaplain, and a devout man" and prayed that God would relieve the "burdens he found unbearable."
He was ordained in 2005.
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