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Lawrence Guy Lambert fic
sometimes referred to as Guy Lambert in Mennaisian documents
Child molester Brother Lawrence is back living in Canada
Canadian-born Religious Brother with the Brothers of Christian Instruction, a religious order of Brothers founded by Jean-Marie de la Mennais and Gabriel Deshayes. The brothers are also known as La Mennais Brothers , Mennasians or Mannaisians (They are, specifically, the Brothers of Christian Instruction of Ploërmel, not to be confused then with the Brothers of Christian Instruction of St. Gabriel)
In late January 2014 the Principal of St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo sent a letter to parents advising that an allegation of sex abuse has been made against Brother Lawrence Lambert dating to 1965 when Brother Lawrence was teaching at St. Mary’s.
St. Mary’s International School, founded by the Christian Brothers of Instruction in 1954, is an all boys school in Tokyo Japan. The Brothers are also known as the Mennasian Brothers. The school was operated and staffed by the Japan district of the Brothers in Canada. According to its website, St. Mary’s now has close to 1,000 boys from approximately 60 different countries attending classes ranging from Kindergarten (“pre-first grade” ) to high school (four-year college preparatory curriculum. The Canadian Brothers now form the Province Jean de La Mennais. Japan and the Philippines is a Vice Province – part of the Canadian Province.
There are now allegations that five brothers sexually abused boys at SMIS: Brother Lawrence Lambert (Guy Lambert); Brother John Paradis fic(Brother Paul-Emile Paradis or Brother Paul Paradis); Brother Benoit Lessard fic (Brother Daniel Lessard). Brother Lessard died in 1980, Brother Marcel Villemure fic (Brother Claude Villemure) and Brother Alban Cyr fic
Died 08 June 2019
F. Guy Lambert est décédé
paisiblement à l’Infirmerie FIC de La Prairie
le 8 juin 2019 à l’âge de 85 ans,
dont 69 années en tant que Frère de l’Instruction chrétienne.
Fils de Hector Lambert et Marie-Ange Desjarlais,
il est né à Louiseville le 21 décembre 1933.
Il entra au noviciat de Pointe-du-Lac le 15 août 1950
et fit profession perpétuelle le 1er juillet 1956.
Après quelques années d’enseignement en Mauricie,
il partit pour le Japon en 1961.
Il enseigna d’abord à Shizuoka Seiko
et fut supérieur de la communauté de Yokohama.
L’année 1982 marque pour lui le début d’un long et fructueux séjour
à St.Mary’s International School à Tokyo.
Il y fut d’abord enseignant puis principal.
Homme de relation, de joie et de service,
il remplit aussi la fonction de supérieur de sa communauté
et de Provincial adjoint de la mission du Japon et des Philippines.
De retour au Canada en 2014,
il vit de belles années de retraite à Pointe-du-Lac,
avant d’emménager à l’infirmerie en avril 2019.
La mort l’y surprendra pendant son sommeil
quelques semaines plus tard.
Outre sa communauté,
il laisse dans le deuil ses belles-sœurs :
Gertrude Lavaute et Jacqueline Nolet,
de nombreux neveux et nièces,
ainsi que des amis-es un peu partout dans le monde.
La communauté et la famille vous accueilleront
en présence des cendres
jeudi 13 juin 2019 de 19h à 21h
et le vendredi 14 juin à compter de 10h
à la Maison funéraire St-Louis,
11900 Notre-dame O.
Les funérailles auront lieu
en cette église de Ponte-du-Lac
le vendredi 14 juin 2019 à 11 h.
L’inhumation aura lieu
au cimetière de la communauté .
F. Guy Lambert passed away
peacefully at the La Prairie FIC Infirmary
on June 8, 2019 at the age of 85,
including 69 years as a Brother of Christian Instruction.
Son of Hector Lambert and Marie-Ange Desjarlais,
He was born in Louiseville on December 21, 1933.
He entered the novitiate of Pointe-du-Lac on August 15, 1950
and made perpetual profession on July 1, 1956.
After a few years of teaching in Mauricie,
he left for Japan in 1961.
He first taught Shizuoka Seiko
and was superior of the Yokohama community.
The year 1982 marks for him the beginning of a long and fruitful stay
at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo.
He was first teacher then principal.
Man of relationship, joy and service,
he also fulfills the function of superior of his community
and Deputy Provincial of the Mission of Japan and the Philippines.
Back in Canada in 2014,
he has a great retirement in Pointe-du-Lac,
before moving to the infirmary in April 2019.
Death will surprise him during his sleep
few weeks later.
In addition to his community,
he leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law:
Gertrude Lavaute and Jacqueline Nolet,
many nephews and nieces,
as well as friends all over the world.
The community and the family will welcome you
in the presence of ashes
Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm
and Friday, June 14 from 10am
at St. Louis Funeral Home,
11900 Our Lady O.
Trois-Rivières (Pointe-du-Lac area)
The funeral will take place
in this church of Ponte-du-Lac
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11 am
Interment will take place
at the community cemetery.
Scroll down page to “Media Coverage & Blogs” for further details on the abuse and cover-up
21 January 2014: Brother Lawrence Lambert fic apology to his victim (one of two)
21 January 2014: Brother Lawrence Lambert fic apology to his victim (one of two)
Letters & Documents of Interest
BLOG Making the problem go away commentary on the Saburo Kagei letter of 18 November 2014
18 November 2014: Saburo Kagei letter re appointment of panel of experts for inquiry into allegations of abuse (TEXT file)
18 November 2014: Saburo Kagei letter re appointment of panel of experts for inquiry into allegations of abuse (original pdf file)
11 December 2013: “RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES” Brothers of Christian Instruction Declaration to send money to To Australia to finance victim’s trip to meet with brothers in Tokyo (filed to comply with tax law)
“From December 7 and 11, we are available to meet you. For the fee of the trip, if you send me a copy of the bill and the information necessary to send you money by bank account or to give you money another way, we will be pleased to do so.
“I have asked the superior of br. John Paradis in Canada to get in touch with br. John, and see what could be done for the apology. By the way, actually his name is Paul-Émile but “John”, I think, was his religious name, which was taken when a brother made his profession as brother: that was the way of doing things in the past). I am still waiting for his final answer, I believe that, anyway, br. Paradis is very sad about what happened to you and regret the whole thing. Since he is now a 87-year-old man, I wonder if it will be possible but I hope that he might do something.”
10 November 2013: Trouble at the Embassy (Statement signed by victim’s mother recalling events which transpired after son was sodomised by Brother Lawrence)
Trouble at the Embassy (text version of above with pseudonyms rather than redactions for many of the names)
Media Coverage & Blogs
19 August 2015: BLOG Rife with secrecy and conflict of interest
11 May 2015: Sylvia’s Site article Duplicituous Duo
06 May 2015: BLOG Trouble at the Embassy
04 May 2015: BLOG An exercise in futility
02 May 2015: BLOG Bumps on balls
30 April 2015: BLOG “Religious Activities”
29 April 2015: BLOG Gang raped by two brothers
15 April 2015: BLOG “Done once“
21 November 2014: BLOG Does he have the best interests of victims in mind?
19 November 2014: BLOG Making the problem go away
27 October 2014: Former St. Mary’s teachers faced child sex abuse charges in U.S.
06 October 2014: BLOG SMIS sex abuse scandal
01 September 2014: St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo rocked by sexual abuse claims
28 April 2014: BLOG “I had sex with bro Lawrence”
03 April 2014: BLOG More on the Brothers and SMIS
02 April 2014: BLOG New pictures of Brothers
20 February 2014: BLOG Three of them
12 February 2014L BLOG A bit of a challenge
10 February 2014: BLOG Allegations against Canadian brother in Japan
The Letter to Parents
The following is the text of a letter posted on St. Mary’s International School Labor Dispute website 01 February 2014:
In recent days, it has come to the attention of the school administration that an allegation of sexual misconduct has been made against Br. Lawrence Lambert by a former student. The misconduct allegedly occurred in 1965 when Br. Lawrence was a teacher at the first St. Mary’s campus in Sengakuji.
After the school administration learned of the situation, we notified the local Japanese police authority and the Archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Tokyo. Both agencies are conducting investigations with the school’s full cooperation. While the investigation is ongoing, Br. Lawrence Lambert is prohibited from having any contact with students, staff or parents at SMIS.
Please feel free to discuss this with your son if you feel it is appropriate, although some of this information may not be appropriate to share with early elementary age students. As always, please be reminded that our counselors are ready to provide guidance and support to you or your sons in any way.
I would like to emphasize that we are resolute in our determination to ensure the safety of all students. Additional information will be shared as deemed appropriate.
01 February 2014: The end of Culture of Silence? (St Marys International School Labour Dispute website posts copy of the letter and breaks the news that a letter has been sent to parents re sex abuse allegations against Brother Lawrence Lambert. Scroll down for several comments)
20 February 2014: St. Mary’s International School Labor Dispute Forum (forum set up to address sex abuse allegations against Brother Lawrence)
1963: Group picture of Brothers of Christian Instruction after a retreat at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo (Brother Lawrence Lambert is Brother Guy Lambert. This is Page 8 from April 2010 edition of LaMennais magazine)
On the occasion of Brother Marcel’s 60th anniversary, Brother Guy Lambert talks of the time the pair spent in England, travels to Japan in 1961, and parting in 1966 (Brother Marcel is the name under which Brother Claude Villemure is known in Japan) (French text – extract from 19 October 2012 Contacts )
October 2012: Br. Lambert speech at Brother Marcel’s 60th (re their time in England in 60s with Br. Lessard etc.) (English translation)
Brother Lawrence is introduced during this October 2010 tour of the prestigious St. Mary’s International School’s new campus
The first day of school, September 1969
St. Mary’s International School, Japan. Silent video clip
Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from St. Mary’s International School Labor Dispute website (SMISLD) and the article in Contact re Br. Lawrence 60th anniversary celebrations in 2010 (C)
08 June 2019: DIED. Had been resident at La Prairie FIC infirmary since April 2019 (Obit)
April 2019: moved to the La Prairie FIC infirmary (Obit)
2014-2019: retired and living in Pointe-du-Lac, Quebec (Obit)
2014: Back living in Canada (Obit)
31 January 2014: Letter sent to “Parents” from Saburo Kagei, current Headmaster at St. Mary’s International School. Tokyo (SMISLD)
It seems that Brother Lawrence has been teaching and/or Principal at St. Mary’s from 1982 until this year?
06 October 2012: travelled to Philippines for 25th anniversary of the La Mennais Brothers in the country (pp 47 & 48, Contacts 19 October 2012, pp 47-48, personal account travels to Japan )
2011: -announcement in 15 February 2011 Contact magazine that he will retire at the end of the school year. Referred to in article as Frère Lawrence (Guy) Lambert (Contacts 15 February 2011, page 12 – text French)
– until mid year doing layout for Contacts, a monthly publication of the Brothers of Christian Instruction Japan and Philippine -referred to in credits as Brother Guy Lambert) (OC)
2010: celebrates 60th anniversary as a religious brother with the Brothers 0f Christian Instruction. He is teaching at St. Mary’s International School (C)
– doing layout for Contacts, a monthly publication of the Brothers of Christian Instruction Japan and Philippine *referred to in credits as as Brother Guy Lambert)
– listed as Principal. Tokyo Community (Brothers of Christian Instruction 2010 administrative report)
2009: Principal at St. Mary’s Elementary Elementary school, Tokyo (St. Mary’s International School) ( Lambert principal 2009)
1985: Assistant Headmaster & Elementary Principal
September 1982: Principal at St. Mary’s Elementary Elementary School, Tokyo (St. Mary’s International School ) – named Vice-Provincial to mission in Japan (while VP he opened the mission in the Phillipines) (C)
1980-81: year of spiritual renewal in Rome. Stayed with the Capuccini Fathers in San Lorenzo di Brindisi (C)
1975-1979: Superior of Shizuoka community (C)
Summer 1971: assisting at Camp Chimikepp. During the summers in the 60s the SMIS boys were regularly taken to Camp Chimikepp (see picture: Brother Lawrence Lambert at Camp Chimekepp 1971 – with Brother Roger)
January 1971: Seiko Gakuin, Shizuoka to teach catechism in English (C)
1968 – 1970: in Japan studying Japanese at Tokyo Nihongo Center (C) — see below, was teaching at SMIS while he was studying Japanese?
1970: St. Mary’s yearbook – Picture below:
1970: St. Mary’s yearbook has picture of Brother Lawrence with Faculty – teaching English (see pic top of page)
1969: SMIS yearbook shows Brother Lambert as Grade 6 teacher (see pic at top of page)
1969 school year: see picture below – assisting at First Friday Mass at St. Mary’s International School (he appears to be singing?) (Click photo to enlarge)
1966: back to visit in Canada, then to Washington DC to study theology (studied Thiellard de Chardin) . While in Washington stayed at the Capuchin residence. (C)
1961-1966 : St. Mary’s International School – taught Grade 3 for two years, Grade 5 for two years, and Grade 6 for one year (C)
– sex abuse allegations date to 1965
_ was at Pell Wall Hall School with Brother Lessard. It looks as though Brothers Lessard and Marcel Villemure probably landed in Japan and started teaching at St. Mary’s a the same time as Brother Lawrence? They were definitely both there in 1963
1959 – 1961: teaching at Pell Wall Hall School, (St. Joseph’s College) Market Drayton, Shropshire, England (the stately mansion, acquired by the brothers 1928, was abandoned in 1962 and sold in 1965. )
Before heading for England taught at St. Charles de Mandeville for one year. Taught at St. Yves de Pointe-du-Lac (Trois-rivieres, Quebec) for two years. Taught at Lafleche de Grand-Mere for two years. Taught at St Marc of Shawinigan, Quebec for one year (C)
01 July 1956: Perpetual profession (Obit)
15 August 1950: entered the Novitiate (C)
1948: joined the FIC Brothers in Pointe-du-Lac Quebec for formation (C)
mid 40s ?: in Grade 7 spent six months at Louisville, Quebec boarding school which was run by Brothers of Christian Instruction attended primary school Numéro 2 du Rang Beauséjour at Louiseville, Quebec. (C)
DOB: 21 December 1933 (C) in Louiseville, Quebec (obit)