Fort Kent parish assigns temporary administrator in wake of investigation

Posted April 05, 2012, at 10:33 a.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — The Bishop of Portland has assigned a new priest to temporarily lead a Fort Kent parish while the regular pastor is under investigation by authorities.

Bishop Richard Malone on Wednesday assigned the Rev. Robert Vaillancourt to serve as temporary administrator at St. John Vianney Parish after the Rev. James Nadeau took a voluntary leave of absence pending an investigation by the state attorney general’s office.

Neither the diocese nor the attorney general has disclosed the reason for the investigation.

The 58-year-old Vaillancourt was born in Lewiston and was ordained in 1982.

The parish is made up of four churches.