Alleged Abuse: Labeled “a known pedophile” in diocese documents that became part of a lawsuit against their insurance company. No evidence of any lawsuits or criminal charges. Named by the Diocese of Lafayette in 2019 as a priest against whom a credible accusation has been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.
Where is he now: Deceased since 1985
The Rev. Thomas Doyle created a document that was included in the insurance lawsuit; he had worked closely on the Lafayette cases. Doyle identified Begnaud as “a known pedophile.”
In a 1995 deposition, Bishop Frey said he heard a rumor about Stanley Begnaud, who had died years prior, but that the rumor “had no substance.”
We could find no lawsuit, nor any criminal cases involving Begnaud.
1958: Ordained at St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette, Assistant in Gueydan
1959: Assistant at St. Joseph’s Church, Rayne
1960: Assistant at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
1961: Assistant at St. Stephen’s Church, Berwick
1962: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lafayette
1963: Assistant at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Opelousas
1965: Assistant at St. Margaret’s Parish, Lake Charles
1968: Pastor at St. Edward’s Church, Richard
1975: Pastor at Sts. Peter & Paul, Scott
1976: Pastor at St. Leo the Great, Rayne
1982: Associate at Cathedral of St. John