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Brian Boucher

Brian D. Boucher

Father Brian Boucher

Priest, Archdiocese of Montreal, Quebec.  Ordained 07 June 1996 (looks like he was a “late vocation” – he is either 55- or 56- years-old now, therefore was 35 or 36 when ordained.)

Arrested January and February 2017 – facing charges of sexual assault., sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and breaking and entering dating to between 1994 and 2011 (Police received first compliant in August 2015.  First charge laid 12 January 2017)  Note that the date of 1994 predates his ordination as a priest – he would have been a seminarian at the time.

Has served in Senneville, LaSalle, Dorval, the Town of Mount Royal and downtown Montreal.

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Archbishops of Montreal from time Father Brian Boucher was ordained:   Jean-Claude Turcotte  (17 March 1990 – 20 March 2012 Retired);  Christian Lépine (20 March 2012  – )

Auxiliary Bishops from time Father Brian Boucher was ordained:  Jude Saint-Antoine ( Auxiliary Bishop: 20 March 1981 – 11 February 2006);  André Rivest (: 27 June 1995 – 19 June 2004); Anthony Mancini ( 18 February 1999 – 18 October 2007) ; Christian Lépine ( 11 July 2011 –  20 March 2012 ) ; Lionel Gendron, P.S.S. ( 11 February 2006 – 28 October 2010) ; André Gazaille ( 11 February 2006 – 11 July 2011) ; Alain Faubert ( 19 April 2016-) ; Thomas Dowd ( 11 July 2011 -) ; Louis Dicaire (18 February 1999 – 19 June 2004) ; Neil E. Willard  ( 27 June 1995 – 25 March 1998)

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03 March 2017:   CTV News Video re Father Brian Boucher charged (03 March 2017)

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Court-dates

TRIAL date has been set for 21 January 2019, starting at 9:30 am.  At this time the number of days booked for trial is unknown.   There is also another court-date for 9 am, 08 June 2018, the latter is to deal with a motion of some sort.

Next court date:  08 June 2018;  9 am, motion, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal )

21 January 2019:  9:30 am, TRIAL, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ) 

4-15 December 2017: Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ) ;14-15 December 2017:  09:30 am, preliminary hearing, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ) ;08 June 2017:  09:00 am, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ); 25 May 2017:  09:00 am, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ); 21 April 2017:  Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal )

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2017:  not listed in directory index (CCCD)

02 March 2017:  charged with:

Sexual assault.

Sexual interference.

Invitation to sexual touching.

Breaking and entering.

According to media reports is living in a monastery in Montreal’s east end?

01 March 2017:  arrested – charges related to allegations from two more complainants.  According to media reports, is  out on bail, must stay at least 200 metres away from areas where children under the age of 18 may be. (M)

12 January 2012:  Arrested for first time.  Released with promise to appear (M)

2016, 2015:  Address 3015- 4th St.  N.E., Washington, DC  20017-1998 (CCCD)

August 2015:  police receive first complaint.  Police investigation commenced. (M)

2014:  to Washington to study Theology (M)

15 June 2014:  Pastor, Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Mount Royal, Quebec.

 Father Brian Boucher comments in Annunciation bulletin

–  according to media reports, abruptly left without finishing his mandate, to go to Washington to study theology (M)

28 August 2014:   Appointments in  the Diocese:    Father Brian Boucher – Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Dominican House of Studies (in Washington USA).  (Father Brian Boucher to Dominican House of Studies)  The facility is also known as the Dominican House of Studies, the Priory of the Immaculate Conception.  Tuition fees per semester in 2016 was $8,040.00.  That is tuition only – does not include room and board.)

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010:   Pastor, Annunciation/Our Lady of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, Montreal, Quebec (CCCD)

14 December 2011:  Appointment as Pastor at Annunciation renewed (Father Brian Boucher  renewal as Pastor at Annunciation)

13 & 20 November 2011:  giving talks on the New Roman Missal at Annunciation:

The New Roman Missal: Rev. Brian Boucher will offer a series of talks after the 10 a.m. mass. Nov. 13 and 20. Annunciation Parish, 75 Roosevelt Ave., T.M.R. Details: Regina 514-738-1080 or [email protected]

(Religion Calendar. Montreal Gazette, 12 November 2011)

17 August 2011:  Appointment as Parochial Administrator at Annunciation. Montreal Quebec (Father Brian Boucher appointed Parochial Admin Annunciation )

12 August 2011:  Appointment as Pastor at Annunciation renewed  (Father Brian Boucher- appointment as Pastor at Annunciation renewed )

08 August 2011:  Appointed Parochial Administrator at Annunciation. Montreal Quebec ( Father Brian Boucher – appointed Parochial Admin. at Annunciation)

09 October 2010:  conducting Bible study on first and third Wednesday of every month at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church. (Religion Calendar, Montreal Gazette, 09 October 2010)

Growing in faith and love through sacred scripture and tradition. Bible study and theological formation and discussion with Rev. Brian Boucher. First and third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. until June. Boardroom, Annunciation Parish, 75 Roosevelt Ave. Small fee may apply to cover cost of materials. Contact xxxxxx xxxxxxxl at 514-738-1080 or [email protected]

08 March 2008:  Conducting women’s Bible study groups at Annunciation (Religion Calendar, Montreal Gazette,  08 March 2008 & 22 March 2008):

  • Women’s Bible study and discussion, every other Tuesday morning until June at Annunciation Parish boardroom in Town of Mount Royal. Free. Led by Rev. Brian Boucher or Pat Lemieux. For more details, call Regina at 514-738-1080 or email [email protected]
  • Women’s Bible study and discussion, every other Tuesday morning until June at Annunciation Parish boardroom in Town of Mount Royal. Led by Rev. Brian Boucher or Pat Lemieux. Call Regina at 514-738-1080 or email [email protected]

27 October 2007:   Conducting study/discussion groups at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, Montreal, Quebec (Religion Calendar, Montreal Gazette, 27 October 2007):

Growing in faith and love. Bible study, faith formation. Every Wednesday evening until June at Annunciation Parish boardroom, T.M.R. Small fee to cover cost of materials. Led by Rev. Brian Boucher. Call Regina 514-738-1080; email [email protected]

Women’s study and discussion Bible study, faith formation. Every other Tuesday morning until June at Annunciation Parish boardroom in T.M.R. No charge. Led by Father Brian Boucher, Pat Lemieux. Contact Regina at 514-738-1080, or email [email protected]

2006:  Study group at Annunciation  Roman Catholic Church, Montreal, Quebec (Religion Calendar, Montreal Gazette, 23 December 2006 & 04 November 2006 respectively):

  • Growing in Faith and Love Through the Bible and Tradition, a weekly discussion (until June) at Annunciation Parish Hall, Town of Mount Royal, with Rev. Brian Boucher. Call Beverley at 514-738-1080 or email [email protected] for more information.
  • Growing in Faith and Love Through the Bible and Tradition, a weekly discussion (until June) at Annunciation Parish Hall, T.M.R., with Rev. Brian Boucher. Call Beverley at 514-738-1080 or email [email protected]

22 July 2004:  St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, and Chaplain at Lakeshore General Hospital (scroll down to “Lakeshore’s spiritual renewal: Expansion of chapel to start by end of summer,” 22 July 2004, Montreal Gazette)

Father Brian Boucher of St. Luke’s parish, who is also the chaplain at the Lakeshore General Hospital, said he was pleased with the proposal.

“It will be bigger than the original chapel – about double the size,” he said, adding that the architect’s plans “look very promising.”

Father Boucher said the chapel will be more of a meditation room, so that people of all faiths can feel at home.

“I suggested that it have no religious symbolism because it’s not a Catholic hospital and we want to be fair to others. This way, everyone will feel comfortable,” he said.

06 May 2004:   pastoral animator (Chaplain) at Lakeshore General Hospital (scroll down to “Coat closet houses chapel” 06 May 2004, Montreal Gazette)

Father Brian Boucher, the Roman Catholic pastoral animator at the hospital, said yesterday his primary responsibility is to ensure patients, visitors and staff have a place available. “We knew the renovations were going to be done and I’ve been assured by the hospital that an adequate space will be found as soon as possible,” he said.

2002:  Catholic Chaplain at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Address 3484 Peel St., Montreal, Quebec ; Phone:  514-398-4106 (CCCD)  That is the address for the Newman Centre at McGill University, Montreal.   The following is an excerpt from “Counting your blessings,”  McGill Reporter 30 May 2002:

Although the chaplains will strive to avoid language that refers to specific religious traditions, all will be bringing their own perspective to their brief participation. Father Brian Boucher, who will address the Health Sciences convocation on May 23, appreciates the universality of the experience for the students and their families.

“As a Catholic priest what I see as beneficial is that regardless of whatever faith tradition the individual holds, we do have a commonality — whether we realize it or not we’re all linked.”

(Father Brian Boucher –  McGill Reporter)

December 2001:  Catholic Chaplain at McGill University.

Referenced in quote in book  as ” Catholic Chaplain at McGill University”  ( The Wearing of the Green:  A History of St. Patrick’s Day (by Mike Cronin, Daryl Adair, hardcover December 2001): 

The Reverend Brian Boucher, a Catholic chaplain at McGill University, argued that ‘despite the merriment associated with St. Patrick’s Day weekend, there is a serious spiritual side to the event based on the patron saint of Ireland.’  He conceded that ‘maybe  over time the social side has predominated, but the roots are highly Christian … The foundation is faith.’   ( Father Brian Boucher chaplain at McGill quote from book on St Patricks Day highlight 2005

March 2000:  Chaplain at McGill University

“Maybe over time the social side has predominated, but the roots are still highly Christian,” Rev. Brian Boucher, Catholic chaplain at McGill University, said yesterday. “The foundation is faith.”

(Scroll down page to 18 March 2000 Montreal Gazette article: “Sure!  It’s a St. Pat’s party:  Family tradition trough 3 cities”)

2000, 1999, 1998, 1997:  St. Jean Brebeuf Roman Catholic Church, La Salle, Quebec  7777 George St., LaSalle, Quebec (Pastor Father Peter Timmins) (CCCD)

07 June 1996:  ORDAINED at St. John Fisher Parish, Pointe Claire, Quebec

according to blogger, was in charge of Youth Group and Sacramental preparation – also visited the elementary school

1994:  sexual abuse charges date back to 1994. before Father Boucher was ordained (M)

–  According to “Tom”  Father Boucher initially attended St. Peter’s Seminary in London Ontario.  At some poit he switched to Grand Séminaire de Montréal.  At the time Fr. Robert Harris, now Archbishop of Saint John N.B.,  was director of vocations for the English sector of the diocese and was also in charge of seminarians who were completing Stages/Internships.

According to a blogger Boucher worked at St. Mary’s Hospital before initiating studies for the priesthood

–  According to “Tom” , Boucher attended St Veronica’s parish in Dorval Quebec

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Montreal priest charged with sexual assault spanning 15 years

Global News

02 March 2017

Updated:March 2, 2017 7:13 pm

 

WATCH ABOVE: A Roman Catholic priest from a parish in Montreal’s Town of Mount Royal has been arrested and charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault and sexual touching. Global’s Amanda Jelowicki reports.

Father Brian Boucher, who started working as the parish priest at a church in Montreal’s Town of Mount Royal (TMR) in 2005, has been charged with several counts of sexual assault and sexual touching against three minors.

He appeared in court Thursday.

The 55-year-old had been heavily involved in all activities at the Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, including helping children with their first communions and confirmations.

In recent years, rumours about inappropriate behaviour started spreading among parishioners.

A publication ban prohibits any details of the case that could identify the victims.

The exterior of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church on Montreal’s TMR region, Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The exterior of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church on Montreal’s TMR region, Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Amanda Jelowicki/Global News

The shocking arrest comes about a year after parishioners started discussing Boucher’s alleged behaviour amongst themselves.

One churchgoer contacted Global News last December to say her sons were scared while doing their catechism, complaining about physical aggression and verbal abuse if they were late.

The mother, who cannot be identified due to the publication ban, said she is also concerned the church tried hiding the allegations, claiming a Westmount priest told her last summer the church had heard sexual assault rumours.

Global News contacted Montreal’s Catholic Archdiocese, which promised a statement on Boucher will come soon.

In 2014, Boucher abruptly left the church, without finishing his mandate, to head to Washington for theological studies.

Global News has learned Boucher is now living in a Catholic monastery in Montreal’s east end.

The church’s Mother Superior, who cannot be named, said Montreal’s archdiocese contacted her two months ago and asked her to look into a priest having some problems.

She said she didn’t ask any questions.

Boucher is now out on bail and must stay at least 200 metres away from areas where children under the age of 18 may be.

He will next appear in court April 21.

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Montreal Catholic priest facing several sex-related charges

Brian Boucher, 56, appeared in court Thursday, was released with conditions

CBC News

Posted: Mar 02, 2017 5:25 PM ETLast Updated: Mar 02, 2017 7:59 PM ET

Brian Boucher was a priest at churches in Senneville, LaSalle, Dorval, Town of Mount Royal and downtown Montreal.Brian Boucher was a priest at churches in Senneville, LaSalle, Dorval, Town of Mount Royal and downtown Montreal. (SPVM)

Brian Boucher, a Roman Catholic priest who has worked at 10 churches in Montreal over the last two decades, has been arrested and charged with several sex-related offences.

The 56-year-old appeared in court Thursday and was charged with:

  • Sexual assault.
  • Sexual interference.
  • Invitation to sexual touching.
  • Breaking and entering.

He was released with several conditions, including having no contact with minors.

Boucher was a priest at several parishes on the island of Montreal from 1985 to 2015. The churches were situated in Senneville, LaSalle, Dorval, the Town of Mount Royal and downtown Montreal. Documents online show he was a parish priest at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish in TMR.

The alleged incidents took place between 1994 and 2011.

Police say they have reason to believe there are more alleged victims, and they are asking them to come forward by calling 911.

Previous arrest

Acting on a complaint police received in August 2015, Boucher was arrested for a first time on Jan. 12.

He was released, with conditions, on a promise to appear in court. However, Montreal police arrested him again on March 1, after receiving two more complaints.

Police say investigators have been working with the full collaboration of the Archdiocese of Montreal.

In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, the archdiocese urged anyone with information about Boucher to contact police immediately.

“We unequivocally denounce all forms of abuse, whether physical, psychological or sexual; furthermore, anyone practising their faith within the Archdiocese of Montreal must be able to do so in total safety and without fear or misgiving,” Bishop Alain Faubert, auxiliary bishop and vicar general, said in the written statement.

“We would like to reiterate our willingness to do everything to bring the truth to light, and we renew our commitment to ensure that everyone who calls upon or looks to the Church is treated with compassion and respect.”

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Police arrest priest for sex crimes in western Montreal; seeking potential victims

CTV NEWS  Montreal

Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:53PM EST

Brian BoucherPriest Brian Boucher has been arrested on multiple charges of sex crimes.

Montreal police have arrested a priest on three sexual assault charges related to crimes alleged committed between 1994 and 2011.

Investigators believe Brian Boucher, 56, may have committed more crimes and are asking any other potential victims to come forward.

Boucher appeared in court Thursday to face charges of sexual interference, sexual contact, sexual assault and break and enter. He was released strict under conditions, most notably that he can’t be in the presence of minors.

The suspect was first arrested on Jan. 12, then released with a promise to appear with conditions.

Investigators again arrested him on March 1 in connection with two other complaints.

Police first received complaints about the priest in August 2015, and began their investigation then with the cooperation of the Archdiocese of Montreal.

The suspect attended ten churches between 1985 and 2015, most of them located in the western part of Montreal, specifically: Senneville, LaSalle, Dorval, the Town of Mount Royal and downtown Montreal.

Anyone who has been a victim or who knows someone who may have been a victim of Brian Boucher is asked to contact their local police or call 911.

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Press Release: Canada NewsWire

Arraignment of Fr. Brian Boucher – Archdiocese of Montreal Adheres To Zero-Tolerance Policy

morningstar.com

Canada NewsWire

3-2-17 6:10 PM EST

MONTREAL, March 2, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – The Archdiocese of Montreal reacted today to the criminal charges of a sexual nature brought against Fr. Brian Boucher, a diocesan priest. The process leading to his indictment came as a result of close collaboration between diocesan authorities and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

“We unequivocally denounce all forms of abuse, whether physical, psychological or sexual; furthermore, anyone practising their faith within the Archdiocese of Montreal must be able to do so in total safety and without fear or misgiving,” said Bishop Alain Faubert, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General. “We would like to acknowledge the courage of those who contacted the Archdiocese to report what they had experienced. They are in our thoughts and prayers, as are their families, loved ones and the communities to which they belong.”

The Archdiocese would like to stress that as soon as its officials received testimony alleging misconduct by Fr. Boucher, every effort was made to shed light on these allegations. Diocesan authorities removed him from all Church ministry, launched an internal investigation, guided the alleged victims through the process, and collaborated with the police by sharing the results of its investigation.

Zero tolerance throughout the Archdiocese of Montreal

In June 2016, Most Rev. Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, established a service to promote Responsible Pastoral Ministry, charged with ensuring a healthy and safe environment throughout the diocese. Through the decree establishing the service, the Archdiocese of Montreal applies a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding abusive behaviour of a physical, psychological or sexual nature to all those in its employ or acting on its behalf.

“We would like to reiterate our willingness to do everything to bring the truth to light, and we renew our commitment to ensure that everyone who calls upon or looks to the Church is treated with compassion and respect,” concluded Bishop Faubert.

The Archdiocese of Montreal invites anyone with information relevant to the Fr. Boucher case, or any other instance of similar abuse, to contact SPVM investigators immediately. The Archdiocese may also be contacted through a confidential helpline, at 514 925-4321 or by e-mail, at [email protected]. More information can also be found on the Archdiocesan website (www.diocesemontreal.org).

Having full confidence in the judicial process and court proceedings underway and so as not to impede the prosecutors’ work, the Archdiocese of Montreal will make no further comment at this time.

About the Archdiocese of Montreal
Founded in 1836, the diocese of Montreal includes 194 parishes and missions across its territory, which includes the islands of Montreal and Laval, as well as the cities of L’Assomption, Repentigny, Le Gardeur and Saint-Sulpice. Most Rev. Christian Lépine has been Archbishop of Montreal since March 2012.

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Lakeshore’s spiritual renewal: Expansion of chapel to start by end of summer

Montreal Gazette

22 July 2004

 Alycia Ambroziak

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Coat closet houses chapel

Montreal Gazette (West Island)

06 May 2004

Alycia Ambroziak

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Sure! It’s a St. Pat’s party: Family tradition through 3 cities

Montreal Gazette

 18 March 2000

 

36 Responses to Boucher: Father Brian Boucher

  1. Carol says:

    Prior to ordination, which took place at St. John Fisher Parish in Pointe Claire, he was posted there for his pre-ordination stag and was in charge of the Youth Group and Sacramental Prep. He also visited the elementary school.

  2. John Franklin says:

    What is a pre-ordination stag?

    • Carol says:

      It would be similar to an internship in that a seminarian is sent full time into a Parish prior to ordination as a final discernment prior to ordination.

  3. Michele de Gonzague says:

    Brian Boucher worked at St. Mary’s Hospital before beginning his studies to become a priest. There was no indication that he had any sexual problem. He and his twin brother were exemplary employees and were liked by all. I am saddened to hear that he is struggling with this very difficult problem

    • Lisa MacDougall says:

      I have a lot of trouble with this. I will wait to see what the trial reveals. I hope to God there has not been a rush to judgment and I hope the truth is revealed, whatever that is . My thoughts are with all those affected.

      • Michele de Gonzague says:

        Me too, Lisa. That would include Brian?

        • Lisa MacDougall says:

          Yes, sorry Michele, I wasn’t very clear. I replied to your post but meant to comment separately. My ‘trouble with this’ is that Fr. Brian has been charged with sexual assault. I agree with everything you said, but only if he is guilty. I’m going to wait for the evidence.

    • Geenda says:

      “Struggling with this difficult problem”? Tell the innocent complainants he “struggles with this affliction” never mind them, they will almost certainly struggle their entire lives. I HATE that type of thinking especially when these GROWN men are raping, assaulting and otherwise abusing CHILDREN. The accusers had no voice until now and they may or may not be heard over the cries of support for the perpetrators-the whole sordid thing makes me ill.

      • John Franklin says:

        Accused of “….raping…..etc”

      • Michele de Gonzague says:

        I totally hear you and essentially agree with the view you have of the victims. If we are to come to a consensus on how to manage pedophilia, however, we will need to come from an entirely opposite stance. The mind of the Rapist has not yet been studied sufficiently to determine how to manage the impulse that invades the mind. At one time, Father Boucher was also a child. What created his compulsion to assault children? How could his problem have been handled so that he was not able to continue this behavior?
        Although Father Boucher will and must now face the justice system, hating the point of view expressed above and wanting criminal justice for each rapist won’t stop the situation from perpetuating victims. We must begin to want more than justice.

        • Lisa MacDougall says:

          Please let’s wait till he has a chance to address the charges. It certainly doesn’t sound like the priest I knew, but I will pray for the truth to prevail. Until then, I will not judge him. We should not convict when we know so little. It’s not right.

        • Geenda says:

          They are GROWN men, for the most part educated men abusing innocent children, please don’t tell me they are misunderstood because THAT is an affront to the victims and generally horse sh*t.

        • Geenda says:

          Well Michele de Gonzague, I’d like to START with justice, which btw has been a long time coming and often never comes, given the short sentences.

  4. Tom says:

    Brian Boucher attended St Veronica’s parish in Dorval Quebec while he was growing up. He started seminary studies at St Peters Seminary in London Ontario and later switched to complete his studies at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal. I do not know how long he was in London, nor why he switched. He was rather vague whenever he talked about his time at St Peters. While he was at the Grand Séminaire, Fr. Robert Harris was director of vocations for the English sector of the diocese. Harris was also in charge of seminarians who were completing Stages/Internships. Harris would have been directly responsible for Boucher in both capacities and would have played a lead role in recommending his ordination to the Archbishop. Harris is currently Bishop of St John New Brunswick. As indicated by another writer, Boucher would have visited both the Elementary school (St. John Fisher school) as well as St. Thomas High School, both in Pointe-Claire, during the time he was doing his stage/internship at St John Fisher parish prior to his ordination. My prayers go out to all his victims.

    • Mandy says:

      Hi Tom,
      I knew about Boucher going to St. Veronica’s in Dorval, but how did you come to find out about the rest? Anybody a parishioner at Our Lady of the Annunciation? Wonder how Father Clark and the church is handling the fallout from this. Can’t be a happy place right now.

  5. Chris says:

    Clark has never been happier.

    • Chistine says:

      Hi Chris,

      I do not understand how the current pastor can be happy about something like this. Can you please explain?

      The parishioners must be very upset dealing with this and him right now.

  6. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father Brian Boucher is:

    25 May 2017: 09:00 am, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ).

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

  7. Sylvia says:

    I think you’re missing a word or two Regina. Was it a funeral?

  8. Luke says:

    Why has there been no update to this site since the 25 May which was supposedly the next court date?

  9. Sylvia says:

    Any assistance you can offer in getting court dates is most welcome Luke.

    Father Brian Boucher had a court date 08 June 2017. It sounds as thought it was “postponed” – not unusual at this stage.

    There is as yet no record of the next court date. I will receive a call back within the next 24 hours. As soon as I hear I will let everyone know and update the page.

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

  10. Sylvia says:

    That was quick! Just had a a call back with the next court date. Love it 🙂

    Mark your calendars…

    The next court date for Father Brian Boucher is:

    14-15 December 2017: 09:30 am, preliminary hearing, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal )

    I was actually told that it for a “preliminary investigation” but believe this is a language matter and that it is an fact a preliminary hearing/inquiry.

    The hearing is booked for two days. It should be open to the public. As always, there will be a publication ban on all testimony and evidence, but people are free to to attend. The media can attend but, aside reporting on generalities such as the number of person in attendance, the demeanor and attire of the accused, can not report the specifics of the allegations and so on.

    I encourage those who can do so to attend, both to support the complainant and to learn as the the process unfolds.

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

  11. BC says:

    Indeed Sylvia, enquête préliminaire = preliminary hearing.
    Enquête generally means investigation but in certain specific cases it`s (english)translation is different.

  12. Jesse says:

    I was a parishioner at Annunciation in TMR. Fr Brian Boucher played an important role in my leaving the church. He was condescending, self-righteous and divided our community instead of rallying everyone together. A very polarizing figure for many in the parish to be sure. When he first began nearly all alter servers and lecturers were female. Within two years he had alienated most of the females that held roles within the church. Suddenly only male alter servers were ever seen by his side. He also began a youth group that was curiously made up predominantly of males. As well, he changed the process of First Communion. Children had to sleepover for a night in the church basement in order to fully prepare for their First Communion! Many parishioners believed these changes to be off but aside from writing to the Archdiocese what other recourse did people have to denounce this odd behaviour…

  13. Lisa MacDougall says:

    Shame on you Jesse for suggesting something sinister in the sleepover. Pope Francis speaks so often about the grievous sin of gossip, and here is a perfect example! Let the evidence dictate this case! The reality is that all of us, faced with our whole history being exposed to all and our life being analyzed under a microscope would not be happy with some of the things we have said or done, NONE of us. We are not perfect, but when you add gossip and innuendoes to that mixture, then the truth becomes skewed and is traded for character assassination. Our faith teaches us to seek the truth. Gossip has no place here, especially when the stakes are so high. I will pray for the truth, and only the truth. I have zero interest in anything else, as I know if I were being judged I would hope people would do the same for me, and not spend their time misrepresenting my actions or talking about something I may have said in the past that wasn’t nice but has nothing to do with the case at hand.

    • Jesse says:

      Hi Lisa,

      You misunderstand. I am not spreading gossip. You can speak with anyone from Annunciation that was a frequent church-goer as myself when Fr Brian was our priest. I speak of truth and fact. What I add to the discussion, people can make their own conclusions from.

      • Lisa MacDougall says:

        Hi Jesse,
        You have proven my point by suggesting ” just speak with anyone from the Annunciation”. The premise that it is not gossip because” I speak the truth” is also false. When we are sharing information about someone, true or false, behind their back, we are gossiping. As well, behind most gossip is conjecture regarding motive. He did this or that because……I strongly encourage you to read what Pope Francis has said about this, and the damage it does to all of us. Then, the next time you have an issue with someone, perhaps you will speak directly with them instead of maligning them. You might be surprised what you find out.

  14. bobby c. says:

    any updates?? haven’t heard anything new for a very long time..

    • Sylvia says:

      I’ll see what I can find out this week bobby.

      • bobby c. says:

        thank you!

        • Sylvia says:

          A TRIAL date has been set for early 2019. There is also one other court-date for this coming June.

          Here are the two dates:

          08 June 2018; (1) 9 am, motion, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ).

          This court-date is tied into a motion of some sort. I have no idea what the motion is for. Anyone who wishes to attend to find out what is happening is free to do so.

          21 January 2019: (2) 9:30 am, TRIAL, Montreal courthouse, (1 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal ) .

          Sorry, I was unable to find out how long the trial is expected to last, but he is going to trial, the trial date is set and it will commence in January of next year.

  15. Mel says:

    Hi Sylvia,
    What is “Father” Brian doing in the meantime? I believe he is not allowed to preach.. but is he working? Just curious how that works in situations like these?
    *He was our priest who married us 4-1/2 years at The Annunciation Church in TMR…
    We are disheartened (but not that surprised) by all this.
    We hope the truth comes out and if he is guilty, that he will get what he deserves.. Until then, we will pray and wait to see what happens.
    Have a wonderful day.
    😊

    • Sylvia says:

      Usually priests who are charged are suspended, or put on a leave of absence or the equivalent. There are exceptions, but in most cases a Bishop/Archbishop does not permit a priest who is charged to function as a priest until the charges have been settled, either with a conviction, a guilty plea, withdrawal of charges, a stay, or an acquittal.

      How he fills his days pending trial I have no idea.

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