Monsignor Darcy was born and raised in Fall River, where he graduated from St. Patrick Elementary School and Durfee High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1973. He pursued seminary studies at St. John’s Seminary in Boston from 1973-78. In addition, he received a master’s degree in biblical studies from Providence College in 1994 and pursued graduate studies in Canon Law at St. Paul Pontifical University in Ottawa, Canada in 1995.
Bishop Gelineau ordained him a priest on August 3, 1979 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in West Warwick.
He served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel, West Warwick; St. Catherine, Warwick; St. Mary, Newport; St. Brendan, Riverside and at Our Lady of Mercy, East Greenwich. He served as a judge for the Diocesan Tribunal (1997-2001), and from 2001-2003 as Adjutant Judicial Vicar for the Tribunal, and as Chancellor of the Diocese of Providence since 2001. He was appointed “Prelate of Honor of His Holiness” with the title of Monsignor in 2004 when he was also appointed Vicar General for the diocese.