May 20, 2006

Priest's Troubles Stun Connecticut Church

DARIEN (CT)
The New York Times

By STACEY STOWE
Published: May 19, 2006
DARIEN, Conn., May 18 With his condominium near the beach, Upper East Side apartment and penchant for Barbour jackets, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay had much in common with his neighbors here in one of the nation's most affluent communities, according to a private investigator connected with St. John Roman Catholic Church. But when Father Fay could not pay for his lifestyle on his priest's salary, the investigator said, he dipped into the collection plate and ran up the church credit card for more than $200,000. ...

Public records show that Father Fay owns a condominium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Clifford A. Fantini, who is also known as Cliff Martell. Mr. Fantini is identified on a bridal industry Web site as a fashion show director and producer who has worked with Bride's Magazine and the designer Oleg Cassini.

Last year, Father Fay and Mr. Fantini paid $449,000 for the Florida property. Public records also show that both men have lived at an apartment on East 63rd Street in Manhattan.

Posted by kshaw at May 20, 2006 07:56 AM