Rene Paul Emile Labelle
Rene P. E. Labelle
Priest, Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario. Ordained 1978. Served as chaplain at various schools, including Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (Kingston), Holy Name Catholic School (Kingston) and Nicholson Catholic College (Belleville). January 2012 stepped down as pastor at St. Barnaby (Brewers Mill) amid news of an on-going police investigation and word of allegations of some form of ‘inappropriate activity.’ 21 February 2012 charged sexual assault, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual exploitation involving a teenage boy in the summer of 2004. 17 January 2014: GUILTY on all three counts
14 April 2014: “Priest sentenced to 16 months for sexual assault” & VIDEO
And he’s appealing his conviction: 14 April 2014: Retired priest gets 16 months in jail
17 January 2014: Reasons for Judgment (Father Rene Labelle conviction)
Archbishops of the Archdiocese of Kingston from time of Father Labelle’s ordination: Joseph Lawrence Wilhelm (14 December 1966 – 12 March 1982); Francis John Spence (24 April 1982 – 27 April 2002 ); Anthony Giroux Meagher (27 April 2002 Appointed – 14 January 2007 ); Brendan Michael O’Brien (01 June 2007 – )
Next court appearance: 14 April 2014: 10 am, Sentencing hearing in am and possibly sentencing in the afternoon, Frontenac Court House (5 Court Street), Kingston, Ontario;
13-20 January 2014: 10:30 am, TRIAL, Frontenac Court House (5 Court Street), Kingston, Ontario; 05 April 2013: 10 am, assignment court, Frontenac Court house (5 Court Street), Kingston, Ontario; 27 March 2013: 10 am, Pre-trial hearing (NOT open to the public) , Frontenac courthouse (5 Court Street), Kingston, Ontario; 15 March 2013: Pre-trial hearing (NOT open to the public) , 10 am, Frontenac courthouse, Kingston, Ontario; 06-07 February 2013: preliminary hearing, 10 am, Kingston Courthouse, 279 Wellington St. Kingston; 20 February (changed to 06 Feb) Preliminary Hearing, 10 am, Kingston Courthouse, 279 Wellington St. Kingston; 05 June 2012: pre-trial conference, 09:30 am, courtroom #1, Kingston Courthouse, 279 Wellington St. Kingston; 15 May 2012: 09:00 am, Kingston Courthouse, 279 Wellington St. Kingston; 24 April 2012: 09:00 am, Kingston Courthouse, 279 Wellington St. Kingston; 27 March 2012: 09:00 am, Kingston Courthouse, 279 Wellington St. Kingston, First appearance, Bail hearing, Ontario Court of Justice, Kingston, Ontario
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Leeds County OPP Crime Unit at 613-345-1790 or 1-888-310-1122.
14 April 2014: 16 months prison for priest charged in sexual assault
14 April 2014: “Priest sentenced to 16 months for sexual assault” & VIDEO
23 January 2014: BLOG Reasons for Judgments posted
17 January 2014: “Priest guilty on all counts” & VIDEO
17 January 2014: Priest found guilty of sexual assault
17 January 2014: “Priest found guilty of sexual assault ” & related article
15 January 2014: “Priest denies sex assault accusations” & related article
14 January 2013: Alleged victim cross examined at sex assault trial
13 January 2014: Man waited years to report abuse, court hears
08 February 2013: Roman Catholic Priest Rene Labelle Faces Sexual Assault Charges
07 February 2013: Kingston priest to stand trial for sex charges
06 February 2013: BLOG Committed to stand trial
06 February 2013: BLOG Prefers trial by judge alone
22 February 2012: Counselling available to students
22 February 2012: Former Read priest charged
21 February 2012: Police charge priest (with comments from Sylvia’s Site)
31 January 2012: “Priest steps down” with comments
Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have on hand, the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD) and media (M)
14 April 2014: Sentenced to 16 months in jail and 30 months probation
17 January 2014: GUILTY on all three counts
February 2013: Committed to stand trial after 06 February 2013 preliminary hearing – has elected to be tried by judge in Ontario Superior Court of justice
20 February 2012: charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual exploitation involving a teenage boy in the summer of 2004 (M)
2012 (?): Chaplain at Holy Cross High School in Kingston from Wednesday to Friday. According to HC website:
“Fr. René Labelle is the priest chaplain for Holy Cross, and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Kingston in 1977. He is currently pastor of St. Barnaby’s Parish in Brewer’s Mills and works at the school from Wednesday to Friday. He provides priestly ministry to the school community including confession, spiritual counselling and daily Mass in the school chapel.” (he was ordained 1978)
- listed as staff at Holy Name Catholic School, Kingston
2011, 2010: Saint Barnaby Roman Catholic Church in Brewers Mill (Seeley’s Bay), Ontario – address (CCCD)
2005: on sabbatical for first semester of the school year. From Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School September 2005 newsletter:
Our pastoral theme this year, “Come, Let Us Adore Christ”,
challenges us to reflect on how every aspect of our lives can
lead us to worship Christ in a deeper way. We look forward to
meeting new students and staff as they join us in making this
theme come alive in our classrooms, in the gym, at school
Masses, and in every aspect of our life as a school community.
Our school chaplain, Fr. Rene Labelle, will be away on
sabbatical for first semester. We are pleased to have Fr. Rod
McNeil and Fr. Michael Reed, two local parish priests replacing
Fr. LaBelle. Fr. McNeil will be with us on Tuesdays and
Fr. Reed will be here on Thursdays, which means he will celebrate
our Opening School Mass on Thursday, September
June 2005: Said Mass for Grade 8 graduation at Sacred Heart School in Wolf Island. That probably means he was Pastor at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Wolf Island at that time?
07 July 2004: Pastor, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Wolf Island, Ontario (online)
was serving at St. Anthony of Padua until his appointment in July 2004. Had also been chaplain at Holy Cross High School at time of his appointment to Wolf Island
2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996: Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Centreville, Ontario (CCCD)
1988- 1995: Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo, Shannonville (Read) Ontario (online)
1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991: Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo, Shannonville (Read) Ontario (CCCD)
1984-1988: Chaplain at Nicholson Catholic College, Belleville, Ontario and Pastor at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Flinton, (M)
1985-1986: Pastor, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Flinton, Ontario (CCCD)
1980: 392 Palace Rd. St. Joseph Roman Catholci Church with Monsignor B. J. Walsh (OCD)
Born in Brockville, Ontario
Priest steps down
Kingston Whig Stanard
31 January 2012
By Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard
A Roman Catholic priest who worked as a school chaplain at Holy Cross Secondary School in Kingston has stepped down from his parish because of alleged involvement in inappropriate activity.
Members of the congregation at St. Barnaby Catholic Church on Hwy. 15 near Brewers Mills were told Sunday their parish priest, Father Rene Labelle, had voluntarily stepped down from his position.
Brendan Michael O’Brien, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston, made a short statement informing the church’s congregation of Labelle’s removal.
“There has been an allegation of misconduct involving Father Rene Labelle,” O’Brien said.
“Father Labelle has voluntarily withdrawn from ministry while the allegation is being investigated and until the matter is resolved.
“I ask for your prayers for all concerned.
“The Archdiocese will be looking for ways to continue providing pastoral ministry at St. Barnaby’s.”
According to a biography on the Holy Cross website, Labelle was ordained for the Archdiocese of Kingston in 1977.
He worked as a priest chaplain at Holy Cross from Wednesday to Friday, providing priestly ministry to the school community including confession, spiritual counselling and daily mass in the school chapel.
“Because of the allegation, and while the allegation is being investigated, he has been withdrawn from that role,” said Jody DiRocco, director of Education for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.
DiRocco said there were no Holy Cross pupils involved in the alleged incident.
“No,” DiRocco said. “I am not aware of that.”
Kay Weerasooriya, a canon lawyer for the archdiocese, said Monday the allegations against Labelle came to the archdiocese’s attention in the middle of last week.
“It is a recent allegation,” said Weerasooriya, adding that the archdiocese’s protocol is to contact police immediately of allegations against priests.
Weerasooriya said she did not know if there were any other priests involved in the investigation, nor did she say what was the nature of the allegation against Labelle.
“Until we hear back from the police there is nothing more we can say,” she said.
“We’re kind of waiting.”
Police were tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding Labelle’s removal from the parish.
“I can confirm there is an ongoing police investigation,” OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae said Monday afternoon.
Rae would reveal no additional details about the nature of the investigation.
Local priest steps down
Quinte News (quintenews.com)
Tue, Jan 31st, 2012 – 7:38 am
A Priest who used to serve in Tyendinaga Township has stepped down after allegations of inappropriate activity.
According to the Kingston Whig Standard, Father Rene Labelle, who used to serve in the late 80′s and early 90′s locally, left a church near Kingston this week after allegations were forwarded to the local Archdiocese.
Labelle used to serve as the Priest at Saint Charles Borromeo church in Tyendinaga Township, and has also served at a number of other Parishes around the Diocese.
It has not been made clear what the allegations are, however police have confirmed there is an ongoing investigation.
The allegations come on the heels of a slew accusations against two other Priests and the Archdiocese earlier this month.
Kingston archbishop appoints 6 pastors
The Ottawa Citizen
16 July 2012
Kingston Archbishop Francis Spence has appointed six pastors and three associate pastors effective Aug. 10 for parishes in the archdiocese.
Appointed pastors are Rev. Francis O’Neill, who takes over the parishes of St. Laurence O’Toole in Spencerville and St. Theresa’s in Augusta; Rev. Peter Murphy in Annunciation parish in Enterprise; Rev. Patrick Kelly, St. Mary’s parish in Carleton Place; and Rev. Brian McNally, who will serve in Sacred Heart parish in Lanark and St. Columkill’s parish in McDonald’s Corners.
Also appointed pastor are Rev. Rene LaBelle in St. Charles Borromeo parish in Read and Rev. Richard Racine in St. John The Evangelist parish in Flinton and St. Killian’s parish in Ardoch.
O’Neill is a native of Read and was ordained in 1947. For the past three years he has associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier parish in Brockville.
Murphy, a native of Elgin, was ordained in 1957. For the past five years he has been pastor in St. Mary’s parish in Carleton Place.
Kelly was ordained in 1960. The Belleville native has been pastor of Read since 1976.
McNally has been chaplain and and director of pastoral services at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston for the past 13 years.
The Westport native was ordained in 1970.
Labelle was born in Brockville and ordained in 1978. During the past four years, he has been pastor of St. John’s, Flinton and chaplain at Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville.
Racine was born in Cornwall and, following a teaching career, was ordained in 1986 as a graduate of Saint Paul University Seminary in Ottawa.
For the past two years, he has has served as associate pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in Trenton. He receives his initial assignment as pastor of St. John’s, Flinton and St. Kilian’s, Ardoch.
He also will provide chaplaincy service to St. Paul’s High School in Trenton.
The following were appointed associate pastors:
Rev. William Powell, a Smiths Falls native who was ordained in 1957 as a member of the Capuchin Fathers. He will serve in St. Joseph’s parish in Kingston.
Rev. Robin Gwyn, of Montreal, was ordained in May. He becomes an associate pastor in Brockville’s St. Francis Xavier parish, where had been assigned temporarily.
Rev. Joseph McAuley of Prescott, a former teacher and principal, becomes associate pastor at St. Peter’s, Trenton.