Lanoie: Father Roland Lanoie

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Father Roland Lanoie ( Ken Gigliotti Winnipeg Free Press Files)

Father Roland Lanoie (Christ the King RC Church website)

Roland Lanoie

Father Roland Lanoie

Priest, Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Manitoba.  Ordained 1982

October 2018:  Charges related to allegations of sex abuse of student at  St. Boniface Minor Seminary between 1982 and 1988.


For years Father Lanoie worked as a hospital chaplain at St. Boniface General Hospital – I have been told that initially he worked on call night shifts while he served as a parish priest in various parishes, then, around the year 2000, he began to work as a chaplain full time days.

Father Lanoie’s employ with the hospital was terminated in 2010 after a labour arbitrator ruled against Lanoie and two fellow chaplains who had complained to the labour board that they had been bulllied by their boss, the latter a priest at the hospital.  (One of the two referenced fellow chaplains was a Roman Catholic Nun; the other was a non-denomination minister).  Read the following series of articles outlining the nonsense of complaints:

25 August 2010:  “Arbitrator tosses chaplains’ complaints about priest” & related articles


15 October 2018:  Archdiocese of Saint Boniface Press Release re charges laid against Father Roland Lanoie


Archbishops of Archdiocese of Saint Boniface since Father Lanoie’s ordination:  Antoine Hacault  (Auxiliary Bishop 30 July 1964-1972; Coadjutor Archbishop 28 Oct 1972-1974; Archbishop: 07 September 1974-13 April 2000); Émilius Goulet, P.S.S.: ( 23 June 2001 to 03 July 2009); Albert  LeGatt (03 July 2009 – )



Unless otherwise stipulated the following information is drawn from media reports (M), Archdiocese of St. Boniface Press Release (Press Release), Canadian Catholic Church Directories which I have on hand (CCCD)

15 October 2018:  Arrested – charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault related to allegations 0f sex abuse of resident student St. Boniface Minor Seminary 1982 and 1988




Spring 2018:  Winnipeg Police Service begin investigation (M)

2015-2017:  St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church,   (M) (St Norbert website October 2018 )

2017, 2016:   Priest-Moderator at St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church, St. Norbert, Manitoba.  In 2017 CCCD his address is listed is that of Villa Aulneau , an assisted living facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba .  In the 2016 CCCD his address is listed as that of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface (CCCD)

22 December 2017:  Archbishop LeGatt issued a Decree of Permanent Suspension of Faculties of Priestly Ministry (PR)

October 2017:  In response to Archbishop LeGatt’s request for guidance re Lanoie the Vatican Congregation “advised the Archbishop to impose measures that he deemed appropriate and that would also bring healing to the victim.” (Press Release)

30 June 2017:  The Archdiocese completed its internal investigation.  Archbishop LeGatt “then wrote Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to present the case and to request guidance as to the next canonical steps to be taken with Fr. Lanoie.”  (Press Release)

Spring 2017:    facilitator for HeartSong Retreat   Father Lanoie  facilitator for HeartSong Retreat for persons living with HIV/AIDS (Spring  2017 Benedictine Connection magazine of the Benedictine Sisters, Winnipeg Manitoba (Benedictine Connection, Spring 2017 – Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Benedict’s Monastery, Winnipeg, Manitoba)

20 March 2017:  Father Lanoie was given a decree of Temporary Suspension and could no longer exercise public ministry (Press Release)

10 January 2017:  after the archdiocese conducted a preliminary internal investigation Archbishop Legatt met Lanoie and accepted Lanoie’s resignation from all ministerial activity (M & Press Release)

December 2016:  Archdiocese contacted by man alleging childhood sex abuse at the hands of Father Roland Lanoie (M)

2016, 2015:  Priest Moderator, St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church, St. Norbert Manitoba.  Father Lanoie’s address is listed as that of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface (CCCD)

2014-2015:  Priest-Moderator St. Norbert and St. Agathe Roman Catholic churches

December 2015:  Saint Agathe Roman Catholic Church




June 2014:  Appointed Priest-Moderator St. Norbert and St. Agathe Roman Catholic churches (St. Boniface Archdiocese Priest Assignments)

2014, 2013, 2012;  Pastor St. Eugene Roman Catholic Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Chapel, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Father Lanoie’s address listed in index that of Archdiocese of Saint Boniface (CCCD)

2011:  Appointed Pastor at St. Eugene Roman Catholic Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church  (Father Lanoie to St Eugene and Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Father Lanoie’s address listed in index that of Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.  I don’t see is name listed as pastor at any church in the archdiocese in the 2011 directory. He many have been assisting somewhere?   (CCCD)

Approx. 2000 –  2010 :  Chaplain at St. Boniface General Hospital (M)

August 2010:  Labour arbitrator ruled against Father Lanoie and two fellow chaplains   at the St. Boniface General Hospital.  The trio had complained that  they were bullied by the boss (Father Gerry Ward).  (The other two chaplains were Sister Jeannine Corbeila [a nun] and Rev. Carlyle Murrell-Cole [a non-denominational minister) (M)

May 2009:  Media reports Father Lanoie one of three hospital chaplains who took grievance of bullying by their boss (a priest) to the Manitoba Labour Board (M)

2006:  listed as one of “Personal Members” of Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (page 16 – External link)

2006:  Retreat Coordinator for HeartSong, a retreat for persons living with HIV/AIDS  (Page 3 from Archdiocese of St. Boniface publication The New Wine Press May June 2006)

2002:  Pastor, Notre Dame  de l’Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Transcona, Manitoba (CCCD)

2000, 1999, 1998 :  Pastor, Notre Dames de Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with mission at St. Monica in Rathwell, Manitoba (CCCD)

1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993:  Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Transcona, Manitoba (CCCD)

1982-1994:  Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, St. Vital, Manitoba (M)

1992, 1991:   Pastor, St. Adolphe Roman Catholic Church, St, Adolphe. Manitoba (CCCD)  (This  assignment conflicts with info that he served at Christ the King from ’82-’94)

from Christ the King website October 2018

1985:  assisting at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. St. Vital, Manitoba (CCCD)



Retired priest charged with sexually assaulting youth at St. Boniface seminary in ’80s

Winnipeg Free Pres

Posted: 10/15/2018 12:45 PM | Last Modified: 10/16/2018 10:18 AM

5 Responses to Lanoie: Father Roland Lanoie

  1. Caroline Bertouille says:

    Regarding what you term to be “nonsense complaints”:
    If their grievances were without merit the subject shouldn’t have been newsworthy. In a 140-page decision the arbitrator found the complaints were entirely without merit, and the three complainants were ordered to apologize to their boss, in spite of “Ward [referring] to the department as a ‘kindergarten’ and … [telling] Corbeil her size intimidated a chaplain and that her temper had others calling her Attila the Nun. …” However,
    [a]t the hearing, the chaplain whom Ward said she intimidated denied that.”
    “When Lanoie wanted to know why he wasn’t getting his work schedule … anymore, Ward told him it was because Lanoie was rude to his assistant. Ward’s assistant told the hearing she didn’t know anything about it and that she hadn’t reported to Ward that Lanoie was rude to her.”
    These documented instances of lack of respect in the workplace could have affected employee productivity outcomes. Working without a schedule in a large institution, for example, can’t be done. Furthermore, “[t]he chaplains [were] still employed in the spiritual care department.” The arbitrator also “…ordered the hospital to pay $2,500 in compensation to [the non-denomination chaplain]. Did these outcomes to the hearing occur because there was SOME merit to the chaplains’ grievances? The arbitrator’s ruling seems unclear.
    At this time a movement to secularize provincial faith-based hospitals, e.g. removing crucifixes from patient’s rooms, was trying to gain traction. In-fighting among spiritual care providers, accusations of rebellion, bullying, and verbal harassment would have supported the perceived need to secularize provincially funded health-care institutions.

  2. Caroline Bertouille says:

    2017, 2016: Priest-Moderator at St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church, St. Norbert, Manitoba. In 2017 CCCD his address is listed is that of … in …, Manitoba. In the 2016 CCCD his address is listed as that of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface (CCCD).

    May I ask, where did you get Mr. Lanoie’s most recent address? Who provided this information?

  3. Caroline Bertouille says:

    I ask because the community in which Mr. Lanoie resides is small. The city itself isn’t a megalopolis like Toronto. The subdivision pinpoints even further where he lives. To expose the accused even further you named a particular assisted living facility:

    “2017, 2016: Priest-Moderator at St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church, St. Norbert, Manitoba. In 2017 CCCD his address is listed is that of ****, an assisted living facility in ****, Manitoba.” (The asterisks are mine).
    Until I read your blog I had no idea where he lived. Read the Winnipeg Police Service Media Release of October 15, 2018. There is no mention of Mr. Lanoie’s place of residence. The Winnipeg Police didn’t provide his address: it seems public security and peace are maintained without relaying this information. Yet you saw fit to do so. Why?
    Canadians submit to the rule of law, not to the rulings of the Star Chamber. A person is considered innocent until proven guilty (as stated in various forms in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Common Law, and the Code civil in Québec). Let’s leave the investigation, the subsequent trial and acquittal/conviction to the professionals, shall we?

  4. Northern Fancy says:


    Did you intend to be condescending and snarky? That is what I am hearing. You are not asking a questions, you are issuing a (lawyerish sounding) rebuke.

    I live in a remote region of Canada where residential school and pedofile priest trials have been gutwrenching and every northern family and every northern community appears impacted by the suffering of survivors. The offenders are known! No one hunts the accused/offenders down and attacks them.

    Attacking them in a senior citizens facility, no less.

    I suggest you may be watching too much television — crime series, maybe.

    Either that or you are a lawyer trying to score a point or two.

    Sylvia, your site is factual, nonsensational and highly credible. The five offenders whose trails I have knowledge of are now known because of your site. No accused were harmed nor was this advocated. Keep up the amazing work.

  5. Caroline Bertouille says:

    If my last post came off as snarky, I do apologize. Brevity isn’t conducive to conciliation. I will not, however, apologize for asserting Charter Rights as being non-negotiable.
    I am glad the victim brought his complaint to the archbishop. It took a lot of courage to do so; it will continue to require courage to undergo public scrutiny. I am encouraged by his undergoing therapy; he’ll be able to state more calmly what happened between himself and the defendant thirty years ago. I have no doubt his rights are being respected, and will be protected when the trial is underway.
    Causing me concern is people willing to relieve a character, deemed unsympathetic, of a basic right, e.g. the security of his person. Whether you like it or not, it is alleged that Mr. Lanoie committed five unlawful acts against the victim. Nothing has been presented in court, everything has yet to be proven. We must wait: other allegations may come forth.
    Unfortunately, people want immediate justice. That kind is generally reserved to military dictatorships, but is not lawfully practised in Canada. Here, Charter Rights are not supposed to be sacrificed on the altar of Convenience.
    Truth isn’t expendable, either. In the adversarial process found in our courts the victim and the defendant will be collaborating, strangely enough, in exposing Truth. The Crown will present its case; the Defense is expected to vigorously challenge the evidence. The Truth, no doubt incomplete because of the time elapsed, will be used to convict or liberate the defendant.
    When our lives are uneventful we take our Charter Rights for granted. Fate is fickle, however; all it takes is one moment of distraction, one act of thoughtlessness to make us appreciate fully how precious these Rights are. If you wouldn’t want them taken from you, then don’t wish them removed from anyone else.
    P.S. The law has as its base common sense. I am not a lawyer, but thank you for the compliment.

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