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Father Cecil Noronha

Father Cecil

Indian born priest.  Ordained 19 December 1981.

Former Salesian priest,   meaning he was a priest with the religious order of priests the Salesians of Don Bosco.  At that time he had the initials sdb behind his name to indicate that he was a  Salesian.  He was a Salesian when he arrived in Canada (year at this time unknown).  At some point joined the Voluntas Dei Insitute (initials  I.V. Dei  or i.v. Dei behind his name).  The Voluntas Dei Insitutute is  what is known as a secular institute.  It was founded in Canada by an Oblate priest, Father Louis-Marie Parent, O.M.I.  Here is a little more information:

History of Voluntas Dei and Voluntas Dei in Canada (Click images to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 29 June 2018 Father Cecil Noronha was charged with:  Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, contrary to section 271; Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151; and with Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a).

At time charges laid was serving in Diocese of Sault Ste Marie Ontario

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Peace Bond/withdrawal of charges

11 October 2019:  All three charges withdrawn.  Father Cecil Noronha has signed and is  subject to a peace bond for one year ( At this time the conditions  of the peace bond are unknown)

Information regarding Peace Bonds in Ontario

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From OPP:  Any person with information about these incidents should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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Next court datehas been committed to stand trial after preliminary hearing.  Court proceedings will now be dealt with by the Superior Court of Justice in Sudbury, Ontario

11 October 2019:  Peace Bond.  Charges withdrawn. ( “for resolution,” Sudbury courthouse, 155 Elm St, Sudbury) ;01 October 2019: 09:00 am, Assignment Court, Sudbury courthouse, 155 Elm St, Sudbury ;03 September 2019:  09:00 am, Assignment Court, Sudbury courthouse, 155 Elm St, Sudbury14 June 2019: 10 am, Preliminary Hearing,  Espanola Ontario courthouse (100 Tudhope St, 2nd Fl, Suite 3); 04 April 2014:  10 am, Preliminary Hearing,  Espanola Ontario courthouse (100 Tudhope St, 2nd Fl, Suite 3),

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Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from annual copies of the Canadian Catholic Church Directory (CCCD) which I have on hand and media (M)

29 June 2018 :  charged with:  Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, contrary to section 271; Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151; and with Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) (M)

2018: Preparing children at St. Mary’s School,  Massey for confirmation (Confrmation prep for St Marys School, Massey )

2017:  Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Massey, Ontario (CCCD) ( initials I.V. Dei behind his name in index of parishes, but not in index of names at back of book.  Index of names shows him as a priest incardinated outside of Canada but practising his ministry in Canada)

2016:  Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Massey, Ontario (CCCD) ( initials I.V. Dei behind his name in index of parishes, but not in index of names at back of book.  Index of names shows he is as a priest incardinated outside of Canada but practising his ministry in Canada)

01 July 2015: Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Massey, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Walford, and Pastor St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church Webbwood Ontario ( Father Noronha to Massey )

2015:   Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, Elliott Lake, Ontario (CCCD)

2014:  appointed Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, Elliott Lake, Ontario ( Father Noronha Toronto  Appointment)

2014:  Canadian District of the Voluntas Dei Institute, Toronto ( Father Noronha Toronto iv Dei )

2014:  Not listed in CCCD index (CCCD)

 2013:    blessed the ground for sod turning ceremony for Toronto Catholic District School Board construction of an addition at Monsignor Fraser College Monsignor Fraser College in Toronto Father Cecil Noronha,  It Starts in the Schools, October 2013, Toronot Catholic District School Board

(Also scroll down to “Breaking Ground for New School Addition”)  The school provides adult education to persons age 16 and over. According to its website:  “Monsignor Fraser College is a quadmestered Catholic Secondary School, which welcomes adolescents, and adults of all faiths, who wish to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Certificate, to study English as a Second Language within a Diploma program, or to upgrade work skills. Organized with campuses in many different parts of the city, this school offers a safe and welcoming learning environment. “

2013:  not listed in CCCD index

School year 2013-2014:  According to Monsignor Fraser College Handbook for school year 2013-2014:  on staff at the Orientation Centre, Monsignor Fraser College 

2012:  not listed in CCCD index (CCCD)

2011:  not listed in CCCD index (CCCD)

June 2011:  listed as officiant at funeral in Elliott Lake, Ontario ( Obituaries – Elliot Lake, ON)

2010:  address in Montreal 11991, av Pierre-Baillargeon, Montréal QC, which is a Salesian Centre – also Don Bosco youth Leadership Centre (CCCD)

11 April 2010:  listed as one of clergy who worked to have the first ever Rosary Service in Konkani, one of the national languages in India.  The service was held in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Scarborough, Ontario (External link to Ektain Zavun Ters Korumya )  The following shows a relevant portion of a page extracted from the website:

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29 November 2009:  Celebrated Mass on feast of St. Francis Xavier (the links to the article are unfortunately dead)

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27 August 2005:  Offered Mass at Bonderam Festival and GOA at Kinsmen Centre, Toronto.  Decribed as former Principal of Don Bosco School, Panaji .  The event was sponsored by the Divar Association

 

 

 

2001:  Full time chaplain at Lester B. Pearson Airport, Toronto  external link to (Misas.org)  Relevant extraction below:

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2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995:   address on Kingsview Blvd., Weston, Ontario, an address for the Salesians .  In CCCD index he is shown as a Salesian with initials sdb after his name.(CCCD)

1996:  Chaplain at Monsignor Percy Johnson School in Rexdale.  On occasion ‘says’ mass at Springwater Christian Camp at Minesing, near Barrie, Ontario. (Scroll down to 05 August 1996 article “Camp  a haven for family togetherness)

1994, 1993:  not listed in CCCD index (CCCD)

 c 1986:  Don Bosco Sulcorna (Goa, India) (It seems to be a school of Agriculture?) (Father Noronha Don Bosco Sulcorna mid 80s)

mid 80s:  Principal at Salesian at school in Sulcorna, India (External link )

1985:  not listed in CCCD index

1982-1984:  Principal St. Dominic Savio High School , Andheri, Mumbai.  The school is a a Don Bosco Institution run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, an International Religious Organization founded by St. John Bosco.  (History St. Dominic Savio High School

 

 

 

1981:  ORDAINED (CCCD)

19 December 1981:  ORDAINED ( Father Cecil Noronha ordination date (Souvenir of the 4th CENTENARY of the Faith)   ) From Valenintwe N. Pimenta, Souvenir of the 4th CENTENARY of the Faith, St. John the Evangelist Church, Maril, V.N. Pimenta:  A Brief History of the Catholic Church in Bassein-Thane-Salsette-Bombay-Karanja-Chaul (the Province of North Konkan) with some details pertaining to the Parish of Marol (Marol Bombay 400 059, 27 December 1988)

28 June 2018: charged with

 – Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, Contrary to section 271
-Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151
-Uttering Threats, Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)a

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OPP investigating sexual assault of a youth

Accused is not a stranger to the family and the incidents have been occurring over a period of time

Elliott Lake Today

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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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MASSEY –  On June 29, 2018, members of the Manitoulin-Espanola Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment received a report of a sexual assault of a young person. The accused individual is not a stranger to the family and the incidents have been occurring over a period of time.

As a result of a police investigation, Cecil Noronha, age 66, from Sables-Spanish Rivers Township, Ontario has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, contrary to section 271;
  • Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151; and with
  • Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a).

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on Sept. 17, 2018.

Any person with information about these incidents should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Victims of Sexual assaults are not alone. If you have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has, there are local resources to help you. You can visit the Manitoulin Family Resources website for assistance.

A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-966-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, please dial 9-1-1.

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Man Charged with Sexual Assault on a Minor in Massey

SaultOnline

05 July 2018

The OPP have charged a man with Sexual Assault of Youth. Cecil NORONHA, 66, from Sables-Spanish Rivers Township, Ontario. He was charged, June 29th, by the Manitoulin-Espanola OPP Detachment after they had received a report of sexual assault on a minor. NORONHA is known to the family and is not a stranger. It is claimed the incidents occurred over a period of time and occurred more than once. NORONHA has been charged with the following

-Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, Contrary to section 271
-Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151
-Uttering Threats, Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)a

NORONHA will appear in front of an Ontario court of Justice in Espanola on September 17th, 2018

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Massey Legion holds rededication/dedication ceremony

Mid North Monitor

Published on: June 11, 2018 | Last Updated: June 11, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

On Saturday, June 9, Massey Legion Branch 432 held a rededication and dedication ceremony to rededicate the cenotaph and unveil, as well as dedicate two memorial benches in front of the Legion. One bench was given to the Legion by an anonymous donor while the other was installed by the branch.

Several dozen local residents attended the ceremony, including dignitaries Mayor Leslie Gamble of Sables Spanish River Township and Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes. Hughes expressed MP Michael Mantha’s regrets for not attending as he had a prior commitment in Sault Ste Marie.

Several Legion members marched with bagpiper Roscoe Patterson from the Massey Post Office to the Legion, arriving at 10:45 a.m. for the raising of the flags and the singing of our national anthem. Prior to a scripture reading from Legion Chaplain Reverend Lyn Heely all attending joined in singing the hymn ‘Abide With Me.’ In advance of the laying of the branch wreath by District H commander Steve Frech and branch president Wesley MacDonald, the rifle team did a rifle salute. First vice-president Brenda Mercieca of the Ladies Auxiliary also laid a wreath at the base of the cenotaph.

Speakers included District H commander Steve Frech, Hughes and Gamble, as well as Father Cecil Noronha from the local parish.

Hughes commended members for Branch 432’s contributions to the Sables Spanish Rivers community, as well as thanking Frech for the stories he told everyone attending of local residents who made the supreme sacrifice in their service to Canada.

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Breaking Ground for New School Addition

Monsignor Fraser College

Date ?                         2013-2014

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the start of construction of an addition at Monsignor Fraser College, 2900 Midland Avenue Campus.

A partnership project with Redemption Reintegration Services/United Way, the

$2.2 million addition will be a joint use facility housing Monsignor Fraser College’s alternative education program for students aged 16 to 18 during the school day and for the use of Redemption Reintegration Services programming after school hours and on weekends. The Midland campus is also home to the Msgr. Fraser College’s programs for 18-20 year olds as well as the over 21 program.

As part of the construction contract, a local youth has been given the opportunity to job shadow the General Contractor’s site superintendent.

Among those present for the sod turning were Director of Education Angela Gauthier, Trustee Garry Tanuan, Councillor Mike Del Grande, Fr. Cecil Noronha, Superintendent of Education Vincent Burzotta and Principal John Wujek.

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Fr. Noronha blessed the ground

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Camp a haven for family togetherness

The Interim

By: Mike Mastromatteo

From the entrance way, the Springwater Christian Campground (SCC) in Minesing, near Barrie, Ontario, appears no different from other facilities in the Huronia area. But a closer look at the property gives an indication that this campground is unlike others dotting the central Ontario landscape.

An abundance of crucifixes and religious icons on the proprietors’ home make a strong faith statement. A few yards to the east, one discovers a secluded park dedicated to unborn children. Tiny, hand-mad crosses represent the lives of babies lost to abortion. Visitors are encouraged to adopt spiritually these innocent victims, while others might offer atonement for having surrendered their unborn child to abortion.

Further along, an outdoor grotto to Our Lady offers a quiet spot for prayer and reflection. Two large stone tablets, worthy of Moses, stand engraved with the Ten Commandments – a bold reminder of a living faith.

Springwater Christian Campground is one family’s attempt to inject faith values into the sometimes harsh realities of today’s business environment. It represents not only a turning away from the bottom-line, but an opportunity for fathers, mothers and children to celebrate family life in a Catholic-Christian atmosphere.

It didn’t start out that way. Owners Marilyn and Victor Carvalho purchased the property in 1989 intent on operating a regular camp ground get-away for the large market in Southern Ontario. Foregoing secure work as teachers for a chance at a more serene lifestyle, the couple uprooted their five children from their Pickering home for a new kind of adventure.

Hard reality however intruded their sanctuary.

“We became fed up with drunken parties, smoking, profanity, and people looking for sex at every opportunity,” Victor told The Interim. “It wasn’t the kind of environment we wanted for our children.”

Towards the end of their first season, the Carvalhos made the financially precarious decision to transform the campground into something more uplifting. Today Springwater Christian Campground prohibits smoking, drinking, profanity, and premarital sex on the property. While these rules may be difficult to enforce at all times, they appeal to the family-oriented visitor who believes vacations are not excuse for indulgence.

The camp’s mission is “to provide and promote a year round alcohol and smoke free, Catholics-Christian environment for recreation, reflection and fellowship.” The new regime led to an immediate drop in the number of campers using the site. Even the local campground association resisted the family’s efforts to transform the camp. With a declining customer base and falling revenues, the Carvalhos seriously considered selling the property. A sluggish economy however, kept potential buyers away. After much prayer and reflection the Carvalhos decided to keep the property in hopes that a new family-oriented customer base would develop.

‘Reflection Valley’

Today, the 40-acre Springwater camp offers hiking trails, play areas for children, sport fields, miniature golf, a petting zoo, campfire sites and a snack bar. A new hall is available for music, drama, seminars and other presentations. A “reflection valley” including the Stations of the Cross, the memorial to the unborn and the prayer grotto provide food for the spirit.

Father Cecil Nrornha, chaplain at Monsignor Percy Johnson School in Rexdale, has celebrated masses at Springwater Christian Camp. He praised the Carvalhos for their willingness to suffer financial loss on a matter of principle.

“Not many people would put aside economic concerns to stand for what they believe in,” Father Noronha said. “I’m hoping that some groups might come foreword to support the campground operation while the Carvalhos go through this difficult adjustment period,”

Father Ambrose Sheehy, pastor of St. Mary’s parish in Barrie and a frequent guest at the camp, said Springwater is a powerful example of what lay people can do in strengthening today’s families.

Scarborough school teacher Sheryn Ratnasingham recently organized a get-together for her extended gamily at Springwater in September. A total of 14 family members came together at Springwater for a weekend of games, relaxation and reflection.

Although heavy rainfall curtailed some of the outdoor activity, the family found the weekend entirely rewarding. “We don’t often get a chance to spend time together as a family,” Sheryn told The Interim, “We were able to open up to each other and be ourselves.”

She said the Carvalhos went out of their way to welcome the new arrivals and to see to their comforts. “They made us feel more like family than guests,” Sheryn said, adding that her family is considering a second visit sometime in 1997.

While Springwater is earning a sterling reputation in south-central Ontario, the Carvalhos’ struggle is not over. Victor reported that the business has foregone close to half-a-million dollars in revenue since the no-smoking, no-drinking policy went into effect. Revenues dropped from $100,000 in 1989 to only $5,000 the following year. The amount doubled to nearly $11,000 in 1991 and the upward trend continued until 1995. Figures for 1996 show some stagnation, a fast Victor attributes to unfavorable weather conditions this past summer.

Sticking to the rules

“Some people have told us that they love the Catholic-Christian atmosphere of the camp, but they wish we would relax the no smoking-no drinking rule,” Victor said. “We could fill the camp all summer long if we eliminate the rules, but we’re determined to live by them.”

Victor emphasized that anyone is welcome to stop by the Unborn Park, the grotto of Our Lady or the Stations of the Cross for a moment prayer and reflection. There is no admission charge for these areas and visitors are not required to make donations.

“People can park their cars and pray for as long as they wish,” Victor said. “They don’t even have to let us know of their arrival.”

Although the regular camping activity runs from May through October, the campground is in use year round. Catholic Family Weekends take place the second and fourth weekend of each month. Other weekends are usually reserved for singles/young adult gatherings. The weekend activity includes reflection, prayer vigils, reconciliation, the celebration of Mass and recreation. A $180 fee includes all meals and accommodation at one of the Springwater mobile homes. Families providing their own tents and food can partake in the weekends for a $30 fee.

The Carvalhos are considering a plan to admit all families free of charge and asking for donations. “Some people may be under the impression that we’re financially assisted by the province or by the church,” Victor said. “By considering donations approach, we’re hoping to emphasize that this is not a subsidized operation.”

Winter Activity

In the winter season, visiting families stay with host families in nearby Barrie. The admission fee normally charged for campground use is passed on to the host families to cover expenses, although the Carvalhos provide meals for Catholic Family Weekend participants.

Another unique feature of the camp is the Festival for Life held in July. This weekend-long event includes Mass (prayer and worship for non-Catholic participants), reflection on the plight of the unborn, guest speakers, workshops and a candlelight vigil at the Unborn Park. Often the proceeds from the Festival of Life go in support of Ontario pro-life organizations.

The Carvalhos have scheduled a Christmas party for Jesus on Sunday, December 8. Instead of receiving gifts, partygoers are asked to bring a Christmas gift for Santa Claus, who then presents them to needy families. SCC will also be the site for an outdoor New Year’s party, December 31.

While there are no guarantees as to the viability of Springwater, the Carvalhos are determined to stick to their guns. “There are so few places where families can come together in a Catholic-Christian environment,” Victor said. “We realized we would be taking a big risk, but we figured that God had given us this opportunity, it was up to us to make it work.”

For more information about Springwater Christian Campground, write SCC, R.R.2, Minesing, Ontario, L0L 1Y0, or call toll-free 1-800-843-6013. The Carvalhos are also on the Internet and can be contacted at their website address, [email protected].

9 Responses to Noronha: Father Cecil Noronha

  1. Sylvia says:

    Thank you Annette. The picture is now posted.

  2. NatLog says:

    I strongly suspect there has been a lifetime of offending here from Noronha.

    What did the Salesians’ know of his conduct? To seek dispensation from vows and to seek inclusion with the IVD religious congregation into the diocese of Sault Saint Marie would necessitate documents and references and personnel files. from the Salesians’ and elsewhere

    Normally Indian clergy when in such difficulties attempt to flee the jurisdiction return to India and fight extradition to the bitter end using a variety of tactics to have the request denied including the specious claim that racial bias prevents a fair trial in Canada

  3. Sylvia says:

    After his preliminary hearing of 14 June 2019 Father Cecil Noronha was committed to stand trial. His case now transfers to the Superior Court of Justice in Sudbury Ontario. It usually takes a week or so for files to be transferred to the Superior Court and therefore at least a week or more before a court-date is set. I have been told that the next court-date should be set by this week’s end. (The next court date will NOT be a trial date: There will be another series of court-dates in Superior Court before a trial date is set)

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers

  4. Eric Huygens says:

    Please, can someone give me some information about Fr.Cecil Noronha.
    He was the principal at the boarding school I attended in Goa ,India ( Don Dosco ,panjim,Goa ,India) I was a student there 1986 -89 .I was shocked to learn that he was in Canada.I emigrated to Canada Febuary 1989 . Please follow his trail , why and how he ended up in Canada, why did he leave the Salesians . He was a rising star, he had power and was respected,feared .He ruled the school,like Napolean. He made my life and many others a living hell. I’m 46 and still fear him, when I found out that he was in Elliot lake ,I tried to go up there to confront him ,but was not able to.I felt like I was going to have a heart attack or stroke. Got as far as Subury and had to turn back .The shame and self loathing I felt , I still don’t know how I got home without crashing my car.
    Why was it not reported that he was a Catholic priest, when he was arrested! Why

  5. Sylvia says:

    Eric and everyone else…

    The next court date for Father Cecil Noronha is:

    03 September 2019: 09:00 am, Assignment Court, Sudbury courthouse, 155 Elm St, Sudbury.

    This is open to the public but he probably will not be there, and besides, it will be over and done with in a matter of minutes: It is just a case of setting a court date. It MAY well be for setting a trial date, but not necessarily. Regardless, there will be at least a few weeks before the next court date after Assignment Court. I will find out and let you know.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The religious order of Voluntas Dei seems to have more than one priest that committed offences. Some of these cases I believe might have been settled out of court. I called once to ask for another priest that had committed such a crime to see if he was still there and they told me that certain amount of their priests do not respond to their calls…

  7. Sylvia says:

    The next court-date for Father Cecil Noronha is:

    01 October 2019: 09:00 am, Assignment Court, Sudbury courthouse, 155 Elm St, Sudbury .

    As you see, this is back in assignment court. As I said for the September assignment court date, this is open to the public but he probably will not be there, and besides, it will be over and done with in a matter of minutes: It is just a case of setting a court date. It MAY well be for setting a trial date, but not necessarily. Regardless, there will be at least a few weeks before the next court date after Assignment Court. After 01 October I will find out and let you know.

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

  8. Sylvia says:

    All three charges against Father Cecil Noronha have been withdrawn, and Father Noronha has signed and is now subject to a a common law peace bond for one year.

    How this all came to pass is unknown, but a look here at information regarding to common law peace bonds in Ontario is most informative and worth a read. I will post that information and add a link to the Father Noronha page.

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