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Brother Daniel Lessard
Brother Daniel Francois Lessard
Canadian religious brother with the Brothers of Christian Instruction. The brothers are also known as La Mennais Brothers, Mennasians or Mennaisians. (They are, specifically, the Brothers of Christian Instruction of Ploërmel, not to be confused then with the Brothers of Christian Instruction of St. Gabriel)
Taught at St. Mary’s International School in Japan from 1961 through the 70s. Died in March 1980.
Allegations that he sexually abused students at St. Mary’s
There are now allegations that five Mennasian Brothers sexually abused boys at SMIS: (i) Brother Lawrence Lambert (Guy Lambert); (ii) Brother John Paradis (Brother Paul-Emile Paradis or Brother Paul Paradis); (iii) Brother Benoit Lessard (Brother Daniel Lessard). Brother Lessard died in 1980, (iv) Brother Marcel Villemure fic (Brother Claude Villemure) and (v) Brother Alban Cyr fic
Letters & Documents of Interest
Media Coverage & Blogs
27 October 2014: Former St. Mary’s teachers faced child sex abuse charges in U.S.
01 September 2014: St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo rocked by sexual abuse claims
The picture to the Left is a group picture of the brothers taken in 1963 after a retreat at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. In the picture are: Brother Paul-Emile Paradis (Brother John Paradis), Brother Guy Lambert (Brother Lawrence Lambert) and Brother Benoit Lessard (Brother Daniel Lessard) (31 December 1963: Group picture of Brothers of Christian Instruction taken after a retreat at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo)
1971: Teaching at St. Mary’s – see pic below (Click to enlarge)
1969: Teaching at St. Mary’s….. (Click to enlarge)
Picture of Brother Lessard and Grade 6 students taken at one of his ‘sex ed” camps at camp KEEP (Seisen-Ryo. This was taken around 1979 or 1980. Lessard died March 1980. ) (For info on Camp KEEP see also: ” Camp KEEP ” (Seisen-Ryo) and Camp Keep The Brotherhood of St Andrew, and “The Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project” (KEEP) )
06 October 2014: BLOG SMIS sex abuse scandal
28 April 2014: BLOG “I had sex with bro Lawrence”
03 April 2014: BLOG More on the Brothers and SMIS
02 April 2014: BLOG New pictures of Brothers
22 March 2014: BLOG ‘Counselling’ sessions in the landing office
20 February 2014: BLOG Three of them
15 February 2014: BLOG Brother Lessard added
The first day of school, September 1969
St. Mary’s International School, Japan. Silent video clip
24 March 1980: Died. I have heard that he died of cancer. I have also heard that he died suddenly and that the boys were told that his death was due to an electrical accident
1970s: Teaching Grade 6. Used to take Grade 6 boys to KEEP, a camp located about an hour out of Tokyo in Kiyosato. Lessard taught the boys sex ed at the camp. After the classes the boys had to line up to have one-on-one chats with Brother Lessard about sex. The word is that a number of boys were molested during these ‘chats.’ (The camp trips may having been going on the 6-s as well. At this time I only have knowledge of trips to Camp KEEP in the 70s)
Also, while they were taking a bath in an onsen, Lessard would sit on a chair and watch the naked boys.
1969: teaching Grade 6. He seems to have been a Grade 6 teacher for most if not all of his years at St. Mary’s? Can anyone confirm or refute that? I have reports from several sources who say he was teaching Grade 6 in the ’70s, and others that he was teaching Grade 6 in the ’60s
Early 60s -1969?: teaching Grade 6 at St. Mary’s
allegations that he routinely gave his Grade 6 class one-on-one ‘counselling’ sessions in the small office on the landing. The boys were asked, among other things, if they masturbated, and to show Lessard how they masturbated
September 1961: Probably started teaching at St. Mary’s at same time as Brothers Lawrence and Marcel?
1959-1961: was either teaching or a student at Pell Wall Hall School, (St. Joseph’s College) Market Drayton, Shropshire, England (the stately mansion, acquired by the brothers 1928, was abandoned in 1962 and sold in 1965. )
He was there at the same time as Brother Laurence Lambert fic. Ditto Brother Brother Marcel Villemure fic (Brother Claude Villemure). It looks as though Brother Lessard probably landed in Japan and started teaching at St. Mary’s a the same time as Brother Lawrence? They were definitely both there in 1963
14 August 1954: Final vows as brother
Born: 15 April 1926.