P. Henri Paradis
Father Henri Paradis
Priest with the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (MSA) Ordained 13 May 1972.
[According to the CCCD, the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles was “established on August 15, 1995 in Montreal, Canada. The Society of the MSA is the result of the union of the Society of the Holy Apostles, founded in 1950, with the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, founded in 1962: both were founded by Father Eusebe-Henri Menard ofm.” As you will see below, Father Paradis was initially a member of the Society of the Holy Apostles and, following the merger, a member of Society of the Holy Apostles]
In April 2019 charges laid in relation to “sexually touching a 24-year old man who was one of Paradis’ followers at Le Centre le Jourdain”
According to media reports, in 1976 founded of the Jourdain Catholic Charismatic Centre in Montreal North. He is a member of the board of directors of the center and, according to Google translations of online reports, at the time of his arrest, was regularly conducting “training sessions” and “evenings of prayer” at the centre.
As you will see below, Father Henri Paradis was a busy busy man. After his return from Africa he was regularly leading pilgrimages overseas, and conducting missions and retreats in various locales in Quebec, and ‘saying’ Mas at a number of different locales and seemingly affiliated with various Charismatic organizations or entities. I could post many more of Father Paradis’ engagements, but do think what is listed is suffice.
People are encouraged to contact Laval police by calling 450-662-4636. File number is LVL 160212054.
Next court date: 06 September 2019: 09:30, courtroom # 105, Laval courthouse ( 2800 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, Quebec);
17 June 2019: Laval courthouse ( 2800 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, Quebec)
Father Paradis has been active with Voyages Inter-Missions, a travel agency which organizes pilgrimages, the majority of which are led by priests.
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Google translate of above bio:
“Father Henri Paradis comes from the Rivière-du-Loup region. Member of the Society of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, he was ordained a priest on May 13, 1972. With the Team of the Charismatic Center Jordan, which he was responsible for from 1976 to 1991, he led retreats and accompanied pilgrimages. Subsequently, he contributed to the formation of confreres in Cameroon and assumed community responsibilities from 1992 to 2007. Since then, he has been Rector of the Marian Diocesan Marian Center of Chertsey.”
Father Paradis is/was scheduled to lead a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, the village of Oberammergau and Bavaria, Germany (Father Henri Paradis Oberammergau)
April 2019: “Henri Paradis” on Facebook
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10 April 2018: Mass at Mission du Havre de Paix .
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A google translation from its website describes the Mission du Havre de Paix as follows:
The Haven of Peace is, at the same time, a house of prayer and praise. He is also a ministry a mission of evangelization.
Hello to you all dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
May the peace of the Lord Jesus, the fire of the Holy Spirit, and the Blessing of the Father be upon you.
Let me describe in a few words what is the Haven of Peace. The Haven of Peace is, at the same time, a house of prayer and praise where the Lord Jesus wants to heal and liberate his people. He is also a ministry a mission of evangelization.
So in fact, the Haven of Peace is a house of prayer open to all where we have Eucharistic celebrations, times of community prayers, times of praise where the charisms of the Holy Spirit are at work especially at through a ministry of liberation and praise.
We are also called to go out to evangelize, through preaching, praise and the ministry of liberation and healing.
We are a small Christian community where the importance of fraternal bonds is put forward.
If you are interested in sharing times of prayer or coming to celebrate the love of God with us (the Mass), do not hesitate, you are welcome.
04 April 2019: Arrested by Laval police. Later charged with sexual assault dating to 1988.
? – 2019 : Rector at Marie Reine des Couers in Chertsey, Quebec. The centre, which appears to be a retreat centre with a priest on site offering daily Mass, spiritual direction and confessions, is operated by the Society of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. Father Paradis’s address from at least 2010 has been that of the Marie Reine des Couers in Chertsey, Quebec
Mid August 2018 – ? 2019: Spiritual Director for Le Jourdain (Father Henri Paradie Le Jourdain) Scheduled to give talks/retreats on following dates (Arrested 04 April 2019):
12 August 2018, 27 to 29 August 2018, 16 September 2018, 13 October 2018, 13 October 2018, 21 October 2018, 25028 October 2018, 06 November 2018, 10 November 2018, 19 to 23 November 2018, 25 November 2018, 01 December 2019, 08 December 2018, 16 December 2018, 20 January 2019, 02 February 2019, 03 February 2019, 07 to 10 February 2019, 03 March 2019, 25 to 29 March 2019, 27 April 2019, 28 April 2019, 26 May 2019, 16 June 2019, 14 July 2019
31 August – 02 December 2018: Speaker/animator at Charismatic Congress in Archdiocese of Montreal (Father Henri Paradis at Charismatic congress Montreal )
07 November 2018: Mass at Mission du Havre de Paix (he seemed to say Mass at this facility fairly frequently, and was scheduled – see above – to do so 10 April 2019, just days after his arrest).
13 October 2018: speaker at Maison de Spiritualite des Trinitaires retreat (Father Henri Paradis Maison de Spiritualite des Trinitaires retreat)
04-08 June 2018: along with about 14 0r 15 fellow Missionaries of the Holy Apostles participated in a retreat at the Cistercian Abbey. Father Paradis provided pictures from the retreat (Father Henri Paradis provided pictures from retreat)
01-15 May 2018: Leading a pilgrimage to Medjugorje – advertised in 14 January 2018 Ottawa Archdiocese Communique du jeudi (Page 4 extracted from 14 Jan. ’19 Ottawa Archdiocese communique)
18 February 2018: “healing,” St. Antoine Cathedral, St-Jean–de-Longueuil, Quebec (found on Conseil Canadien du Renouveau Charismatique website)
28 October to 07 November 2017: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje advertised in 29 June 2017 Archdiocese of Ottawa Communique du Jeudi (Pierre Beaulne is from the Archdiocese of Ottawa):
Pèlerinage à l’École de Marie à Medjugorje avec le père Henri Paradis 450-882-3759 et Pierre Beaulne 613-632-2456. Du 23 octobre au 7 novembre 2017. Coût : 2,849.$ en ch. double +410$ en simple (demi-pension.) Inscription avant le 18 août 2017 auprès de Voyages Inter Missions Inc. 514.288.6077 ou 1 800.465.3255. Cliquer pour l’itinéraire : http://www.voyagesintermissions.com/voyage/voyage-pelerinage-medjugorje/
02,03,04 April 2017: Ottawa Archdiocese advertises a parochial retreat led by Father Henri Paradis in Ottawa Archdiocese parishes of Saint-Mathieu, Sainte-Félicité, Saint-Pascal Baylon and Sacré-Coeur parishes in Bourget, Ontario (COMMUNIQUÉ DU JEUDI 9 MARS 2017) Elsewhere the breakdown of the retreat is as follows:
- Sunday, April 2 at Sainte-Félicité Parish, Clarence Creek. Penitential celebration at 14h . Preaching at 7 pm : What is the health of my family relationship?
- April 1, at 6:30 pm at Sainth -Mathieu Parish , Hammond . Mass followed by preaching : What are my spiritual vitamins?
- March 4 at 6:30 pm at the Sacré-Coeur parish , Bourget . Mass followed by the publication : Who are my models to become a witness? We finish with a small snack .
2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010: 1060 ch. du Lac-Beaulen, Chertsey, Quebec 450-882-3065 (Sanctuaire Marie-Reine Des Coeurs)
24 September 2016: Le Jourdain celebrates 40 years since its foundling by Father Henri Paradis (Le Jourdain celebrates 40 years)
40th anniversary of foundation …
To be published in: “SELON SA PAROLE” … THE CHARISMATIC CENTER LE JOURDAIN
The Charismatic Center Jordan at the heart of the people of God. It is a love story where the Lord comes to heal and teach his children in search of happiness. It all started forty years ago. The desire of the Father to renew the Church of Christ had manifested itself at the beginning of the twentieth century under the pontificate of Leo XIII. In the early 1960s, Pope John XXIII, by the Second Vatican Council, asked the Holy Spirit to dust off his Church.
The Catholic Charismatic Revival is a fruit of the Second Vatican Council. He was going to transform the Church of Christ and would be like Pope Paul VI said, -An extraordinary chance for the Church-. Many new communities come from the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
For the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain, it all started when Father Henri Paradis gathered students around the Blessed Sacrament on a small table at Saint Jean Vianney College. It was in this current of grace that Father Jean Paul Régimbal challenged Father Henri Paradis m.s.a. and asked him to found a Charismatic Center in Montreal.
From there, one transports oneself to the Church Sainte Marthe where there are evenings of prayers which will give birth to the Charismatic Center the Jordan. These prayer nights always exist every Sunday. Corner Gouin and Papineau, Saint Albert the Great Parish, 44th Avenue in Rosemont, 7780 East Gouin, then finally, at 12 775 Avenue Allard where we currently exercise our mission of evangelization, the mission continues.
The Jordan, a work of Providence, saw the greatness and power of a God Father manifest, who in his Son Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, never ceases to lavish his graces and benefits. The Word of God tells us: – Look first for the greater glory of God and His righteousness, and the rest will be given to you in addition.
Providence has manifested itself at all levels: what blessings we have received, what conversions we are seeing, that we are granted attention. As the founder of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles said, Father Eusebius Menard: – Providence rises before the sun. – That’s what we see daily.
Spiritual animators followed one another, coordinators as well as the whole team renewed themselves without forgetting the residents. And the rest … We do not miss anything. Material goods have been given to us and continue to be lavished on us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, how not to praise you for your benefits, how not to give you thanks for giving us to collaborate in the coming of your reign in the hearts. Thank you Lord for blessing us all. Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have offended us and do not submit to temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen!
Carmelle Racine-Jetté, Coordinator of the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain
Celebration of 40 years since founding of le Jourdain
02-17 June 2016: Leading a pilgrimage to Medjugorje ( Medjugorje and Rome June 2016)
20 September – 06 October 2014: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje advertised in Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church Bulletin (Ottawa). Snapshot of relevant translated portion of website:
– 2014: Picture of Father Henri Paradis at a place called Emmanuel Farm. The farm is five minutes from the Cetre de l’Amour, 45 minutes from Ottawa, and 2 hours from Montreal
On the Centre de l’Amour website, Emmanuel Farm is a “mission” of the centre. The farm is described as follows:
The Farm will be a place where you can feel close to nature and God. What we are striving for is to live off the land. That would include organic farming, and wild eatables.
The farm will be able to accommodate groups or singles, and have will have access to 5 single rooms or an apartment self contained with it’s own entrance shower kitchen and open concept living room, which could sleep 6 or 7 people should a group decide to rent for the weekends, weekly or by the month. And yes, there will be WiFi for those who need to keep in touch with their family.
On the 50 acres farm we will eventually have access to a couple of poustigna, for single retreats for those preferring to be in the woods away from the crowd. We will also provide a chapiteau for a meeting area such as picnics and evening outings with bonfire and music. Another building will be setup eventually for workshops on back to nature. “It’s a work in progress.”
Centre de l’Amour, a “house of prayer,” is in Plantagent, Ontario. It is part of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
06 October 2008: Speaking at Serra Montreal event (Serra Club News letter Le Serranite October 2008)
2004-2007: Serving in Africa ? (Father Henri Paradis Africa delegation 2004 to 2007)
2002: Residence des Saints-Apotres, Casier 96, B.P. 15, Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa
1999: Maison St Kisito, , B.P. 45, Otele, Cameroun, Africa, Ordination 1972 (CCCD)
1998: 241, rue St. Jacques, Montreal, Quebec MSA behind his name CCCD 514-648-5111
1997, 1996: Maison St Kisito, , B.P. 45, Otele, Cameroun, Africa, Ordination 1972 initials MSA behind his name (CCCD)
1995, 1994, 1993: I initials s.ss.a behind his name, meaning that at that time he was a member of an order of priests known as the Society of the Holy Apostles. This was prioer to the merger. Address shown as Maison St Kisito, , B.P. 45, Otele, Cameroun, Africa. (CCCD)
1991: 12550, boul Gouin est., Montreal, Quebec . Initials s.ss.a behind his name, meaning that at that time he was a member of the order of priests known as the Society of the Holy Apostles. [Address seems to a residence for the order]
1988: sex abuse allegations date to 1988
1985-86: 1250 est boul Gouin, H1C 1B8 614-648-0741 Montreal, Quebec MSA Ordianed 1972 (CCCD)
1976: Funded the Jourdain Catholic Charismatic Centre in Montreal North (M)
1968: ORDAINED (CCCD)
Suspected sexual assault by Laval police
Messages of support to Father Henri Paradis
Presence Information Religeuse
25 April 2019
[This is a Google translation from the Presence Information Religeuse website regarding Father Henri Paradis and his arrest ( Snap shot of page)]:
Father Henri Paradis comments neither on his arrest at the beginning of April by the Laval police nor the suspicions of sexual assault against him. But in his Facebook account, the founder of the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain de Montréal-Nord reacts to the messages of support that his friends send him.
“Just a quick note to tell you that all my family and friends are with you wholeheartedly. We believe in you and pray for you. Do not forget to pray for the person who wants you and hurts you, “wrote a woman early Thursday morning on the Facebook wall of the religious.
The religious Henri Paradis thanked her, at the end of the morning, for her “very comforting message of support”. He then explains that “many other friends have done the same”.
“Of course I forgive all those who would like me harm and I apologize to all those I would have disappointed or offended more or less voluntarily,” he writes
A correspondent writes that “without knowing what is happening, I assure you of my humble prayers. May the Lord convert these enemies. Let him change their hearts and forgive their bad intentions. ”
In another answer, Fr. Paradis indicates that he is experiencing this “ordeal by placing it totally in the hands of the Lord. It was started when we last saw each other but not knowing the future, I did not dare to share it with you. ”
He goes on to say that “the trials of the early Christians helped bring the good news of Easter to everyone. Without having to proclaim the message like them, my attitudes of peace, even of vulnerability, can help spread the scent of mercy. ”
In the same answer, he says he will celebrate his birthday next Sunday. “I was born on the Sunday following Easter in 1946. My birthday present is very special this year,” he writes.
Commented, Carmelle Jetté, coordinator of the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain, indicated by email that “as far as the events are concerned, we have nothing to say. Justice is on its way “The website of this Spiritual Healing House does not comment on the arrest of its founder. A session that Father Paradis is scheduled to host at the end of April is still included in the schedule of this organization’s activities.
Father Henri Paradis is a member of the Society of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, a congregation born of the 1995 merger of the Society of Holy Apostles and Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. The provincial superior of the congregation, Father Yvon Jutras, did not respond to Présence’s request for an interview.
At the Archbishopric of Montreal, Father Paradis is not related to the Archdiocese and has no pastoral mandate in the diocesan territory. Journalists were sent directly to the authorities of the Society of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles.
Founder of the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain
Father Henri Paradis arrested for sexual assault
Presence Information Religeuse
24 April 2019
[This is a Google translation of announcement of Father Paradis’ arrest. (Announcement of arrest by Presence Information Religeuse)
The Laval Police Service has announced that it has arrested, on Thursday, April 4, Henri Paradis, the founder of the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain. The 73-year-old religious, a member of the Society of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, is suspected of having committed a sexual assault in 1988.
“As part of his practice, [Father Paradis] facilitated meetings and was able to move home to welcome the confession of the faithful. In the summer of 1988, he reportedly went to the victim’s home to make his confession. Subsequently, he made sexual touching, “said the police in a statement sent to the media on April 24, 2019.
“Investigators in the Major Crime Division have reason to believe that the accused could have made other victims and encouraged them to file a complaint.”
The accused appeared the day before at the Laval Courthouse. He was “released with several conditions to respect” and will have to appear again in court on June 17.
Father Paradis is still active at the Charismatic Center Le Jourdain de Montréal-Nord. He is a member of the board of directors of this center and regularly conducts training sessions and evenings of prayer.
He is a guest speaker at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference of the Archdiocese of Montreal, which will take place from August 30 to September 1, 2019, an event in which the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, is also expected.
“Anyone who has been the victim of this man is invited to contact us, confidentially, on our Ligne-Info at 450-662-INFO (4636) or by dialing 911, mentioning the file LVL 160212 054”, have the Laval police said.
10 April 2019: was scheduled to say Mass at Mission du Havre de Paix. (He seems to have offered Mass at this facility fairly frequently):
Laval police looking for more possible victims of priest accused in 1988 sexual assault
Laval police are looking for more possible victims of a priest who is accused of sexually assaulting one of his followers dating back over 30 years.
Father Henri Paradis, 73, is accused of sexually touching a 24-year-old man who was one of Paradis’ followers at Le Centre le Jourdain, the spiritual center and retreat Paradis founded in Montreal North in 1976.
The alleged crime happened at a home in Laval in the summer of 1988. Paradis would sometimes go to followers’ homes to hear confession.
Police spokesperson Stéphanie Beshara said investigators have reason to believe there could be other victims.
“He was working at the spiritual center since 1976 and he had met a lot of people,” said Beshara.
Paradis still works at Le Jourdain which refused comment to CJAD 800.
Paradis was arrested on April 4.
Beshara said Paradis returns to court in June.
“He was released with many bail conditions – he’s not allowed to be in contact with minors,” said Beshara.
According to the website Voyages Inter-Missions, Paradis is originally from Rivière-du-Loup, is a member of la Société des Missionnaires des Saints-Apôtres and was ordained in May 1972.
When contacted by CJAD 800, the travel agency that organizes religious pilgrimages and missions said Paradis used to work there but would not say when.
Anyone with information can contact Laval police at 450-662-4636 or 911. File number is LVL 160212054.
Police search for possible victims of priest charged with sexual crimes
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:00AM EDT
Henri Paradis has been charged with sexual assault.
Weeks after a priest was charged with sexual assault, Laval police are seeking more people who may have been abused.
Laval police arrested Father Henri Paradis on April 4 and he was subsequently charged with sexual assaulting an individual in 1988.
According to police Paradis went to the victim’s home in 1988 to hear a confession, and then touched the victim in a sexual manner.
The complainant came forward many years later, and police believe Paradis may have other possible victims. People are encouraged to contact Laval police by calling 450-662-4636.
Paradis was the founder of the Jourdain Catholic Charismatic Centre in Montreal North in 1976, which refers to a biblical belief in the spiritual gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and more.
Paradis is next due in court on June 17.
Great (and quick) job Sylvia!
By not stepping down; Father Paradis is only communicating that for him the issue of clerical abuse is a business as usual situation.
The next court-date for Father Henri Paradis is:
06 September 2019: 09:30, courtroom # 105, Laval courthouse ( 2800 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, Quebec).
Please keep the complainant in your prayers.