Jean Leon Lambert
Oblate priest (Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate – Manitoba Province). Ordained 20 June 1939
According to obituary (see below):
“He served the native Indian missions in many provinces of Canada. He studied the Saulteux language in Fort Alexandria in 1940 and served there and at sandy Bay, Man. He founded the Indian School at Sept Isles, Que.. was principal at St. Philipps Indian School, Sask., and also served at Grouard, Alta., Wabusg Labrador and Maniwake Que. Since 1987 he served the missions near Fort Frances, Ont. and had been residing on the Cowchiching Reserve since 1982.
`Father Jean Lambert had always been devoted to the missions and to his religious community, as well as his family based in St. Pierre. Man. We loved you, Father!…“
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories *CCCD) which I have on hand, the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD), obituary (obit) and media (M)
2012: lawsuits filed by six men alleging they were sexually abused in the 60s by Father Lambert (N)
23 May 1986: Died in Fort Frances, Ontario. Obituary to left as found in 26 May 1986 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press
1985-1986: Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Fort Frances, Ontario (CCCD)
1980: address in index is Apt. 210, 901 Shevlin Ave., Fort Frances, Ontario, Ontario. Listed as Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Indian Mission in Fort Frances, Ontario. Missions at Red Gut, Seine River, Mine Centre, Manitou, North West Bay, and Lac La Croix. (Co-ordinator of Missions Father A. Masse omi.) (OCD)
1973-74, 1971-72: listed as “Indian Mission,” Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. Fort Frances, Ontario (CCCD)
1968-69: Indian Residential School, Idelwild Dr., Fort Frances, Ontario (CCCD)
1967: “scolasticat St. Joseph avec des Oblats, Ottawa” (CCCD)
1960s: allegations of sex abuse relate to sometime in the 60s when he served at the Lac La Croix First Nation near Fort Francis (M)
1959: index lists his address as Sacre Coeur, in Winnipeg, Manitoba (CCCD) (priests listed at Sacre Coueur: Fathers C. Lafreniere ome, L. Laplante omi and D. Ruest omi (omi) (CCCD)
1940: studied the Saulteux language in Fort Alexandria (obit)
20 June 1939: ORDAINED in the parish church of St. Pierre Jolys, Manitoba (Obit)
1933: joined the Oblates (Obit)
16 March 1912: Born in St. Pierre Jolys, Manitoba (Obit)
Six men suing the Catholic church for alleged sexual abuse
05 November 2012
By James Turner, QMI Agency
Fort Frances, Ont.
WINNIPEG — A group of men from a northwestern Ontario First Nations community are suing a Winnipeg-based Roman Catholic order and others to seek redress for alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of their community priest as young boys.
The six men from the Lac La Croix First Nation near Fort Francis seek unspecified financial damages from the federal government, a Catholic diocese in Thunder Bay and the order of Les Oblats de Marie Immaculee du Manitoba, along with a priest who lived and worked on the reserve in the 1960s.
The men range in age from 55 to 61.
In separate statements of claim, each alleges his life has been deeply and negatively affected by the aftershocks of sexual assaults he was subjected to — abuse the men say they felt powerless to speak out about given the priest’s position of power in their small community.
One man states that when he was 10 or 11 years old, the priest took him to his on-reserve home several times during the summer months and anally raped him. The behaviour continued until he was 13 or 14, the now-56-year-old says.
The other men make similar claims, one alleging he was abused more than two dozen times at the priest’s home and in a schoolhouse room. Another claims he was assaulted by the priest in a hotel room during a trip to Minnesota.
The priest died in May 1986.
The allegations have not been proven, and no statement of defence has been filed. No court date has been set to test the men’s claims.
The men state the Order and the Thunder Bay diocese should be held indirectly responsible for the actions of the now-late priest, who was a member of the order and an employee of the diocese, their lawsuits say.
“The Order and the Diocese held out (the priest) as an individual that embodied the values of the Roman Catholic faith such that it was implied that he could be trusted and that he would do no harm,” one lawsuit states.
The two organizations should have known there would be a “power imbalance” given the emphasis the faith places on obeying the wishes of its clergy, and the power the priest had over the “immortal souls” of the faithful in the community.