Pilote: Father Guy Pilote CSsR

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Guy Pilote

Pilote Guy The Annals of Saint AnneGuy Pilotte (In the early years after ordination his name is spelled Pilotte in the directories.  The 1985-86 directory has the spelling minus a “t” – Pilote – it has been that way ever since)

Redemptorist priest.  Ordained 27 June 1964.  Named in a class action lawsuit filed against a number of Redemptorist priests affiliated with the Redemptorists of the Province of  Ste. Anne de Beaupry, Quebec.  According to media coverage, the suit alleges that the priests:   “consulted with one another and conspired in an effort to determine which students they would abuse, and divided (the victims) up amongst themselves.”  The other Redemptorist priests name in the lawsuit are:  Fathers  Raymond-Marie Lavoie, Jean-Claude Bergeron, François Plourde, Xiste Langevin, Hervé Blanchette, Alexis Trépanier, Léon Roy and Lucien de Blois.


18 September 2013:  “Redemptorist Fathers trial:  abused by four priests , including a director” & original French text


The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have on hand and media (M)

2014:  address for St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec (CCCD)

2013:  Editor of The Annals of Saint Anne

2o12:  address for St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec (CCCD)

2011, 2010, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994: address and phone number for St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec (spelled Pilote) (CCCD)

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006:  Director of Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre Board of Directors (Check Canada Revenue Agency Registered Charity Information Reutrns) (No longer listed as Director for 2012)

2008:  Rector of Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica (M)

2005:  Guy Pilote Director of  Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica Board of Directors 2005

2009:  Rector of the shrine at Ste Anne de Beaupre (M)

1993, 1992, 1991: Uruguay (CCCD)

1985-86: St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec (spelled Pilote) (CCCD)

1973-74:  I can’t sort out where he is in this directory (spelled Pilotte)

1971-72:  Ass.-dir. St. Alphonse Seminary, St. Anne Basilica, St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec (spelled Pilotte) (CCCD)

1968-69:  Conseiller spiritual et prof. au seminaire St. Alphonse Seminary, St. Anne Basilica (spelled Pilotte) (CCCD)

1967: anne de pastorale, 560 est, boul. Cremazie, Mtl 11, Quebec (address for St. Alphonsus Church, Montreal) (spelled Pilotte) (CCCD)

27 June 1964:  ORDAINED



18 September 2013:  “Redemptorist Fathers trial:  abused by four priests , including a director” & original French text


Quebec priests face class-action lawsuit for sex abuse

50 alleged victims are asking for $100,000 apiece in damages

Posted: Sep 9, 2013 4:31 PM ET

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2013 8:28 PM ET

Seventeen men who claim they were sexually abused when they were boys at a seminary near Quebec City are expected to testify in court as part of a lawsuit against priests.

Court proceedings began today at the Quebec City courthouse for the largest sex abuse class-action lawsuit ever launched in Quebec.

Fifty alleged victims are seeking $100,000 each in damages, plus interest.

Though there have been other civil lawsuits against Quebec priests and religious institutions, this class-action lawsuit is the first to make it to court and be heard by a Quebec judge. All of the others were settled out of court.

The day’s proceedings started with a visit to the St-Alphonse Seminary in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, just outside the provincial capital.

The judge, the lawyers and the person who launched the lawsuit, Frank Tremblay, visited the site where a number of boys were allegedly assaulted by the seminary’s priests in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

The visit was followed in court by the testimony of Raymond-Marie Lavoie, the only priest to have been successfully pursued in criminal court.

Lavoie is currently serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty in July 2011 to assaulting 13 boys during the era he supervised the seminary’s dormitory.

Another of the St-Alphonse priests, Jean-Claude Bergeron, was arrested at the same time as Lavoie and pleaded guilty to molesting three boys. He hasn’t been sentenced yet.

The others named in the lawsuit are Guy Pilote, François Plourde, Xiste Langevin, Hervé Blanchette, Alexis Trépanier, Léon Roy and Lucien de Blois. Many of them are dead.

The proceedings are scheduled to last 20 days.


The Annals of Saint Anne  Bi monthly Publication

Editor’s Desk — September/October 2013

By Fr. Guy Pilote, C.Ss.R.

Walking on egg shells…

This a rather popular expression meaning that we find ourselves in a particularly delicate situation and that the slightest faux pas could lead to catastrophic consequences. If we analyzed the expression in a more literal way, it would mean that we are already in hot water, and lots of it! We wouldn’t wish this situation upon anybody, except for maybe our worst enemy, if we indeed had one.

When we listen to or watch politicians in action, we often get the impression that they’re in a similar situation, well aware that the slightest word, the most insignificant faux pas, could trigger a calamity. They often end up talking without really saying anything, while giving the impression that they have an extremely important message to get across. Woe is the person who lets a blunder slip out… to the sheer delight of the media.

However, politicians are not the only ones in this struggle. This danger also threatens the Church. Like politicians, we often find ourselves on slippery slopes, having to weigh our words concerning many a delicate subject. And, depending on our audience, we must sometimes try to get a message across in a very indirect manner; or even express two opposing ideas just to be fair to everyone. We have learned to “respect” others, to “take it all in stride”, to manipulate the truth in order to avoid, at all costs, the risk of hurting or judging someone… or the risk of being hurt or judged ourselves! We’ve become experts in “walking on egg shells!”

But is this really what Jesus would do? He never weighed his words: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites… You snakes, you brood of vipers!” (Mt 23) And when he chased the sellers from the temple, he did so with a whip, over-turning tables and yelling out: “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market place!” (Jn 2. 13-23) Jesus knew that he was going to pay the price: we accused him; we judged him; we condemned him to death on a cross. Reasonable accommodations? We’re not even close!

What about the apostles and the saints? They too paid the price for risking to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and for saying what they had to say, without beating around the bush. They denounced lies, injustice, deceit; they proclaimed their faith without fear. It often cost them their lives. This path is definitely not the easiest one, but it is the most certain.


St. Anne de Beaupre set to greet more than 1.5-million visitors

The Catholic Register

26 June 2009

Written by  Lorraine Williams

ST. ANNE DE BEAUPRE, Que. – Last year marked a resurgence of religious consciousness in Quebec City. Not only did the International Eucharistic Congress take place during that UNESCO World Heritage City’s celebration of its 400th anniversary. It was also the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Canada’s celebrated pilgrimage site, St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine.

This year the Shrine, which is only 35 kms. northeast of Quebec City, anticipates more than its usual 1.5 million pilgrims as a result of the 2008 celebrations. In particular during the annual novena  July 17-26 (celebrating the feast day of St. Anne) the faithful will flock to ask the intercession of the grandmother of Jesus and mother of the Blessed Virgin.

The shrine reflects the earliest French-Canadian culture and religion. French colonists, mainly from Brittany and Normandy, brought to New France a special devotion to the Holy Family. In the seigniory of Cote-de –Beaupre, of which Bishop Francois Laval was also the Seignior, St. Anne was particularly loved. In the 1660s, Laval brought one of the first relics of St. Anne from the cathedral in Carcassonne, France, to this little village. He also presented it with its first statue. This antique figure, fashioned of wood, is still at the Shrine 350 years later. Laval had said, “There is nothing that helped us more than the devotion of these people to St. Anne.” Two popes, Leo XIII and John XXIII, also donated relics of St. Anne.

The shrine had a humble beginning as I learned from my guide, Fr. Guy Pilote, CSsR, rector of the Shrine. In 1658 a humble wooden chapel was built for the habitants. During its construction the first healing took place. A second church was built in 1661, and a third in 1676. This last building was demolished two centuries later in 1878 and a memorial chapel built on its foundations.

In 1876, St. Anne was declared patroness of the province of Quebec. That same year a fourth church opened. Finally, in 1922, when the building was now a basilica, it burned down. In 1923 the present basilica was erected.

Pilote explained the symbolism imbedded in every single architectural aspect of this huge shrine as we toured both the lower floor and its several chapels and the upper basilica with its 75 stained glass windows, 326 columns and revered statue of St. Anne and her precious relics. I could have never imagined the beauty of this shrine! A guided tour is a must. Everything represents a special devotion or religious historical theme

A museum traces the Shrine’s development from simple chapel to magnificent neo-Romanesque structure. For the 350th celebration, a fresco of 180 square metres was painted on the museum wall. In an architectural trompe l’oeil, five large coloured postcard-style paintings of past times depict the history of St. Anne de Beaupre’s town and sanctuary — the rural aspect, religious heritage, artistic influence, First Nations (St. Anne was a powerful reconciling force between the first settlers of New France and the First Nations, who had a great respect for grandmothers), river life and holidays, tourist attractions and great events.

This year, a new exhibit — a one-of-a-kind collection in Canada of small antique pictures and holy cards, some dating back to 1860 — opened. Imagine the childhood memories you’ll recall when you view it.

There are other areas of devotion on the grounds — a small commemorative chapel, the Way of the Cross, the Scala Santa, which represents the steps that Jesus ascended to meet Pontius Pilate. Many visitors ascend these stairs on their knees. Here also is the nine-metre-high fountain of St. Anne in the very heart of the basilica’s gardens. Completed in 1959 by sculptor Emile Brunet, the statue atop it measures about three metres.

It now has a place of honour in the midst of a huge bronze basin that is made in the form of a shell, which is the symbol of a pilgrim. The fountain is illuminated at night, from May to November.

Every year, the Shrine has a theme. This year it’s reconciliation. In his letter to pilgrims, Pilote reminds them they’re invited to live a radical transformation, “not only to reconcile with others, but with ourselves, the world and century in which we live, and with God Himself.”

For more details of the 2009 schedule, see www.ssadb.qc.ca or call (418) 827-3781.


Basilica a shrine for miracles; Ste. Anne de Beaupre church is 350 years old

The Montreal Gazette

21 Mar 2008

Cardwell, Mark. The Gazette

Few places hold a more special place in the heart of Catholics across Canada and the United States than the massive shrine in this tiny town, both of which are named in honour of St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary.

The church, which is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, is almost as old as Quebec itself. The French colonists who first came here brought their devotion to St. Anne, the patron saint of shipwrecked sailors, when they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to New France.

According to local legend, a group of sailors from Brittany was caught in a storm on the St. Lawrence River not far from here in 1650. They eventually landed on this spot and vowed to erect a chapel in honour of their patron saint.

When they did so eight years later, Louis Guimont, one of the few local residents at that time, wanted to help even though he was reportedly deathly ill and bedridden with kidney disease.

“He put three stones in the foundation and was instantly cured,” said Rev. Guy Pilote, a Redemptorist priest and rector of Ste. Anne’s Basilica. “He was the first of many, many people who have been cured here since then.”

The present neo-Roman basilica, which was built in 1923, is the fifth – and by far the biggest – structure built on this site. Built in the shape of a Latin cross with two huge granite steeples and 214 stained-glass windows, it can seat 1,500 people for a service. As it is at Christmas, Good Friday and during the summer months, especially around the time of St. Anne’s birthday on July 26, Pilote expects the church to be filled Sunday morning for a special Easter mass to kick off this year’s 350th anniversary celebrations.

In addition to religious dignitaries like Maurice Couture, archbishop emeritus of the diocese of Quebec, who will give the homily, and three bishops, several historical figures will be represented, including Guimont and Thomas Morel, the site’s first priest, who recorded Guimont’s healing.

“It will be a big event for us,” Pilote said. He added that, in addition to Sunday’s special mass, the church grounds are in the midst of a multi-phase, multimillion-dollar facelift that should be completed by June, when record numbers of pilgrims and tourists are expected in conjunction with Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations.

While it’s a popular tourist destination, Pilote said, the basilica remains first and foremost a shrine where miracles continue to occur.

“We still record about 30 miracles a year,” he said. “This is a very holy place.”

2 Responses to Pilote: Father Guy Pilote CSsR

  1. Nathan Wells says:

    Father Guy Pilote NEVER sexually abused any child ever.

    • BC says:

      And your point is ??
      Wasn’t being unjustly persecuted for his faith his stated purpose?
      He didn’t buy tickets to go to Disneyland: he made himself poor, chaste and obedient. He also represented that he would be willing to follow Christ while bearing his own cross. And for that death defying sacrifice he got much admiration and social validation. So why are you preventing Father Pilote from bearing his own cross? Why don’t you help him bear it??
      Make his wish come true, man.

      It’s all getting tired, fanboys and fangirls of clergy lamenting that their beloved idols of flesh and blood are being unjustly persecuted by evil victims involved in a vast conspiracy to bankrupt the Church. If your faith is Truth’s gift then you should not fear that Lie could take it away from you. What would Lie want of Truth? Your present testimony is that you are unsure about Christ being actually here and now next to the unjustly persecuted.
      If while he was living he lied about abusing children then Father Pilote shall be prosecuted by Truth itself. If he lived for Truth and died for Truth any defence would be moot.

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