Priest, Diocese of Edmunston. New Brunswick. Ordained April 28, 1946. Spent 1951 – 1981 as a chaplain with the military – rose to rank of Brigadier-General. Around 1995 or 1996 charged with two counts of robbery and one of sexual assault against a male person. Declared unfit to stand trial. – Died 2010.
The following information is drawn from the Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have on hand, Monsignor Fernand Boucher`s obituary (obit) and legal documents (L)
22 December 2010: Funeral, St. Michael, Drummond, NB (obit) Bishop Claude Champagne officiated, assisted by Bishop Emeritus Gérard Dionne, Msgr. Urbain Lang, Msgr. Eymard Desjardins, Fathers Pierre Thibodeau, Frédéric Poitras, Roland Poitras, Ivan Thériault, Jean Bourgeois, W.L. Magdziak, Alfred Ouellet, Georges Fournier, Aurèle Godbout, Normand Godbout, Roger Dionne, Lucien Lévesque, Rino Thériault, Jean-Marie Martin, Gilbert Doddatto, Gaëtan Côté, Claude Côté, Bertrand Ouellet (obit)
19 December 2010: Died in Edmunston, New Brunswick (obit)
13 October 1999: New Brunswick Review Board v. Boucher 1999 – ruling that Father Boucher could be compelled to attend hearings in order to make a decision if he is fit to stand trial
19 March 1999: Boucher v. New Brunswick (Review Board) 1999 ruling that the Board does not have the power to compel Bouchard to testify
08 September 1998: Application by Boucher for declarations that he could not be compelled to testify before the New Brunswick Review Board. (L)
18 February 1998: Disposition hearing of New Brunswick Review Board. His lawyer objected to Board’s power to demand his attendance for examination as well as to the Board’s jurisdiction given the delays and absence of rules of procedure and burden of proof. (L)
15 April 1997: found unfit to stand trial (L)
1981-1995: Pastor, Saint Sacramente, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick (obit)
1951-1981: Chaplain with Canadian Armed Forces – attained rank of Brigadier General. Served in Montreal, Germany, London, ON, Petawawa, ON, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto Ottawa, Halifax and back to Ottawa, Ontario until he retired from the military in 1981. (obit)
1950-51: Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Edmunston, New Brunswick
1949-1950: studied sociology at Laval University (obit)
1946-49: Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Edmunston, New Brunswick (obit)
28 April 1946: ORDAINED (CCCD) by Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy ofm, Bishop of Edmunston
1942-46: studied theology at Saint-Coeur-de-Marie Seminary of Halifax (obit)
Saint Joseph University of Memramcook (obit)
1921: Born in Drummond, New Brunswiock (obit)
Mgr Fernand Boucher, P.H.
At the Edmundston Regional Hospital, December 19, 2010, Msgr Fernand Boucher, P.H., passed away at the age of 89 years. Born at Drummond in 1921, he was a son of the late Georges and Alma (Thériault) Boucher.
After his primary studies in his native community and his secondary studies at Saint Joseph University of Memramcook from 1934 to 1942, he studied theology at Saint-Coeur-de-Marie Seminary of Halifax from 1942 to 1946.
He was ordained to the priesthood April 28, 1946 by Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy, o.f.m., Bishop of Edmundston. He was appointed curate at the Immaculate Conception parish where he served from 1946 to 1949. He later studied sociology at Laval University from 1949 to 1950. He then returned to his duties as curate at the Edmundston Cathedral until 1951 at which time he was asked to joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he became chaplain, serving at various locations: Montreal, Germany, London, ON, Petawawa, ON, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto before being posted at Defence headquarters at Ottawa, then to Halifax and again to Ottawa until his retirement from the military in 1981.
His military ranks included Captain, Major, Lieutenant-Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier-General and Chaplain. Upon his return from the Armed Forces, he was appointed parish priest at Saint-Quentin where he remained until his retirement in 1995. He has since resided at Hotel-Dieu Saint-Joseph of Saint-Basile.
He is survived by three brothers and five sisters, Gertrude St-Pierre (late Gérard) of Saint-Basile, François (Alvine) of Drummond, Guy (Winnie) of Edmundston, Murielle Picard (Gilbert) of Rochester, New York, Paryse Cyr (Roger) of Moncton, Germaine Duguay (Pete) of Terrebonne, Québec, Reine Boucher of Québec and Réjean (Laurette) of Drummond, as well as nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Anne Beaulieu (late Will) and Sister Marthe Boucher, o.m.i.
His funeral service was held Wednesday, December 22nd at 11 a.m. from the Saint-Michel Roman Catholic Church, Drummond with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Bishop Claude Champagne officiatied, assisted by Bishop Emeritus Gérard Dionne, Msgr. Urbain Lang, Msgr. Eymard Desjardins, Fathers Pierre Thibodeau, Frédéric Poitras, Roland Poitras, Ivan Thériault, Jean Bourgeois, W.L. Magdziak, Alfred Ouellet, Georges Fournier, Aurèle Godbout, Normand Godbout, Roger Dionne, Lucien Lévesque, Rino Thériault, Jean-Marie Martin, Gilbert Doddatto, Gaëtan Côté, Claude Côté, Bertrand Ouellet and Jean-François Pelletier, seminarian. The pallbearers were all nephews of Msgr Boucher, Pierre, Alain, Yves, Marc, Gaston and Denis Boucher.
Arrangements were by O’Regan’s Funeral Home, Grand Falls.
Priest charged with possessing child pornography
The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal (Saint John, NB)
23 January 1998
For the second time in three years, this rural Northern New Brunswick village has been rocked in a sex scandal involving the local parish priest.
Police and church members are keeping silent over yesterday’s news that Rev. Almer Levasseur, the parish priest at Eglise Tres-Saint-Sacrement, was charged with possession of child pornography.
The 61-year-old priest arrived in this village two years ago to replace Monsignor Fernand Boucher, the former parish priest charged with theft and indecent assault. The retired priest was later judged unfit to stand trial and currently resides in St-Basile.
“We’re really disappointed and we’re really down to find out that this stuff is coming here in St-Quentin,” village Mayor Livain Richard said.
“We don’t want to judge him before he goes to court but this is the second problem involving young people,” Mr. Richard said.
RCMP spokesman Sergeant. Rick Daigle said the charge, which calls for a maximum penalty of five years in prison, stems from a three-month investigation involving St-Quentin RCMP and the force’s Custom and Excise Section in St- Leonard.
Police opened an investigation after receiving a tip from the U.S. Customs and U.S. Postal Service, as well additional information from the local detachment.
“It’s a serious case for that type of offence and it’s even more devastating when it’s a community leader,” who is charged, Sgt. Daigle said.
Madeleine Belanger, president of the nine-member parish council, refused to comment on the charges.
“I have nothing to say,” she remarked, prior to hanging up the telephone at the church office.
Bishop Francois Thibodeau of the Diocese of Edmundston didn’t return a reporter’s telephone calls yesterday.
The child pornography possession charge was laid in Provincial Court here yesterday before Provincial Court Judge Frederic Arseneault. A summons was issued ordering the priest to make his first court appearance on Feb. 12 in St- Quentin.