Boone: Monsignor William Boone

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William J. Boone

priest Diocese of St. George’s Newfoundland.  Ordained 1961.  late 1989 or early 1990 charged one count gross indecency and one of indecent assault dating from 1966 when Boone was a teacher at Regina High School in Corner Brook.  Charges stayed indefinitely because accuser failed to show (health issues).

2010:  not listed (CCCD)

13 January 2002According to a blogger, died 13 January 2002

2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997:  Chancellor of the diocese (Bishop Raymond Lahey) (CCCD)

1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991:  Chancellor. (CCCD)

contact for The Diocesan Review (Monthly Church Paper) (CCCD)  (Bishop Raymond Lahey)

Nov. 10, 1989:  “St. George’s Bishop Lahey relieves Corner Brook Msgr. William Boone of his clerical duties, after Boone is charged with one count each of indecent assault and gross indecency from incidents in 1965 to 1968.

“’These charges will bring even greater grief and sorrow to our Catholic community,’ Lahey acknowledges.” (Bishop Raymond Lahey)

1985-86:  now Monsignor William J. Boone

Chancellor (seat vacant) (CCCD)

contact for The Diocesan Review (Monthly Church Paper) (CCCD)

1973-74:  Chancellor (Bishop Richard T. McGrath) (CCCD)

1971-72:  assisting at Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer, Corner Brook, Newfoundland (Rector Father Gerald W Hull ) (Bishop Richard T. McGrath) (CCCD)

Chancellor of the diocese (CCCD)

Director of the Propagation of the Faith (CCCD)

member of the diocesan Vocations Committe  (CCCD)

member of the diocesan Communications Commission

1971-72: member of the diocesan Liturgical Commission with Fathers John Collins, John W. Peddle, Bernard Buckle, Edwin J. Gale and  Kevin J. Bennet (Administrator)    (Father Bennett entered guilty plea in 1990.   Father Buckle was charged in the summer of 2014)

1967, 1968-69:  assisting at Cathedral of the most Holy Redeemer, Corner Brook, Newfoundland (Rector Bishop Michael O’Reilly) (CCCD)

 one of four Directors of the Parishes (CCCD)

1966:  teaching at Regina Mundi School in Corner Brook, Newfoundland


Canadian Press

October 18, 1990


A former volunteer with the Roman Catholic church was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail for sexually molesting a teenage boy more than two decades ago.

The sentencing of Patrick Kennedy, 55, followed his change of plea to guilty on three charges involving sexual offences. The victim, now in his late 30s, said the offences occurred in the summer of 1968 or 1969.

In passing sentence, Newfoundland Supreme Court Justice Denis Roberts said the victim suffered no psychological damage as a result of the homosexual encounters.

Court was told Kennedy twice masturbated the teenager, exposed himself and attemped to kiss the youth.

Kennedy’s lawyer argued for a suspended sentence, noting his client has a heart condition, has never before been in trouble with the law and has suffered mental anguish since being arrested last Nov. 9.

But Justice Roberts said a jail term was necessary to demonstrate that sexual offenders cannot prey on young people.


Kennedy faces three other charges on sexual offences related to another complainant. A stay of proceedings was called Thursday by Crown attorney Greg Brown because the complainant, who now lives in Sackville, N.S., is recuperating from an illness and could not testify.

The Crown has one year to file a notice of intent to recommence proceedings on the other three charges.

The Sackville, N.S., complainant is also the central witness against Msgr. William J. Boone, a local Roman Catholic priest, who faces one charge of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

The Crown called a stay of proceedings in the priest’s trial last week because of the witness’s illness.

A third man arrested in connection with the same investigation is to appear in court for trial next Thursday.

Thomas Harold Brennan is charged with two counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency. The Sackville man, a former resident of Corner Brook, is also the sole complainant in the case


Canadian Press

October 12, 1990  11.24 EDT

The sexual-abuse trial of Msgr. William Boone, a local Roman Catholic priest, has been stayed indefinitely because his accuser failed to show up.

The accuser, who now lives in Sackville, N.S., is being treated for high blood pressure at a Halifax hospital.

He claims Boone sexually assaulted him in 1966 when he was a student and the priest a teacher at the Regina High School in Corner Brook.

Boone is charged with one count of gross indecency and one of indecent assault.

Prosecutors have one year to produce their witness. If they fail, the charges will be dropped. Meanwhile, Boone is free.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of the 37-year-old complainant after he failed to appear in court on Thursday.

Cst. George Pauls of the Newfoundland Constabulary was sent to Halifax to learn the state of the man’s health and whether to execute the arrest warrant. Pauls was back in court Friday without the complainant. It was not clear whether the court would charge
the Halifax with failing to show up in court.

Crown attorney Greg Brown would not comment on whether he will resume prosecution.

He also declined comment on how the accuser’s illness will affect two other sexual-abuse cases coming up in the next two weeks. The man is a key witness in both cases.

Boone , 65, was one of three Corner Brook men charged last November with abusing boys in the 1960s.

Patrick Kennedy is scheduled for trial Oct. 18 and Thomas Harold Brennon on Oct. 25. Both are in their 50s.

Kennedy is charged with three counts of indecent assault, two of gross indecency and one of buggery.

Brennan faces two counts of indecent asault and one of gross indecency.

1 Response to Boone: Monsignor William Boone

  1. Suzanne Mealey says:

    Msgr. Boone died January 13, 2002.

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