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Father Joannes Rivoire
Father Joannis Rivoire
French-born Oblate priest. Ordained as an Oblate priest in France in 1958. Served in the Canadian North (what was then the North West Territories) with the Oblates from 1960 until his return to France in 1993. He was a member of what was once the Manitoba province of the Canadian Oblates. Allegations of sex abuse by Marius Tunglik. Marius told me that he was sexually abused as a boy in Repulse Bay by Father Joannes Rivoire. (see below for information on Marius and his untimely death in December 2012)
There is a warrant out for Father Rivoire’s arrest
A warrant was issued for his arrest in 1998 on charges related to sex abuse of children in the eastern Arctic between 1968 and 1970. The Canada wide warrant is still active. Father Rivoire is currently facing three charges from three complainants: one for indecent assault, and two counts of sexual intercourse involving females under 14 years of age in Rankin Inlet and Repulse Bay
29 April 2016: BLOG Oblate fugitives and enablers
18 December 2012: BLOG Rest in peace
Bishops of Churchill Hudson Bay Diocese while Father Rivoire was serving within the diocese in the North and to the present: Omer Alfred Robidoux, O.M.I. (07 March 1970 – 12 November 1986 ); Reynald Rouleau, O.M.I. (15 May 1987 – 16 February 2013 ); Anthony Wieslaw Krótki, O.M.I. (16 February 2013 – )
28 April 2016: ‘They’ knew, and recycled him to France
29 April 2016: BLOG Oblate fugitives and enablers
04 January 2013: BLOG Page added
02 January 2013: BLOG Updates
18 December 2012″ BLOG Rest in peace
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have on hand, the 1999 Oblate Directory (OD99), CBC 19 February 2019 (CBC), Karen Bergman’s statement (K) and personal (P). By way of interest some information regarding now convicted and incarcerated serial Oblate molester Father Eric Dejaeger has been inserted into the timelines italics. The latter information is drawn from the 2016 blog Oblate fugitives and enablers
04 October 2017: Charges against Rivoire stayed by the Crown “[Dejaeger] is no longer subject to an arrest warrant in Canada.” (CBC) The office of Public Prosecution Service of Canada opted not issue a press release. No one knew.
2017: according to CBC News “Conservative Sen. Dennis Patterson sent a letter to Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of justice … and rose in the red chamber to ask if an extradition order had been sent” No response. (CBC )
March 2017: I have been told that Father Rivoire was tracked to an Oblate residence in Strasbourg, France ( 21 route de la Wantzenau, Strasbourg)
November 2013-September 2014: Trial of Eric Dejaeger wound its way through court: ended with guilty verdict on 24 charges
2014: according to CBC News the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) said a 2014 assessment of Rivoire’s case found “there was no longer a reasonable prospect of conviction regarding the charges” and that “continuing the prosecution was no longer in the public interest.” (CBC)
22 December 2012: Marius died (M)
19 January 2011: Dejaeger deported when it became known that he had lost his Belgian citizenship. His passport expired in 1997.
2010: not listed in directory (CCCD)
2005: Treasurer at Notre Dame de Lourdes in France ( Rivoire in France – OMI Information No, 444, June 2005 Scroll down to page 444/6)
2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994: Notre-Dames-de-Lumieres, Goult, FRANCE (CCCD)
c 2000: Marius was contacted by “the Justice Department” “and was, according to Marius, told that since Fr Rivoire was living in Belgium and because they were no extradition treaties with Belgium, they were going to drop the case against him.” Marius told me that he “was frustrated but felt helpless.” (Rivoire was in fact living in France) (P)
1998: a warrant was issued for Rivoire’s arrest (CBC)
1995: Father Eric Dejaeger charged again. In June 1995 Dejaeger fled for his native Belgium
1993, 1992, 1991: Pastor, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Arviat (CCCD)
1993: Father Rivoire Returned to France (OD99). The word was that Rivoire returned to France to visit his elderly mother. He never returned to Canada. (K)
October 1993: Re Dejaeger charges: In an October 1993 letter to Father A, Piche, the Oblate Provincial Superior in Winnipeg, lawyer John Schofield advised that “We think it is highly unlikely that they will proceed with any further charges at any time.”
July 1993: Dejaeger trial scheduled for July was cancelled
– Somewhere during this 1993 time frame, (a) Marius and at least one other Father Rivoire victim went to police to report sex abuse at the hands of Father Rivoire, (b) Karen contacted the Bishop of Church-Hudson Bay regarding the information she had attained about Rivoire as a sexual abuser, and (c) an as yet unidentified priest arrived in Arviat to ‘investigate’ the allegations against Father Rivoire (K)
1993: – Marius wrote that at a 1993 reunion in Chesterville he “was informed by one of [Rivoire’s] other victims that Fr Rivoire had left his parish in Arviat with just a suitcase or the clothes on his back and did not return.” (P)
January 1993: new charges were filed against Father Eric Dejaeger
1992: According to Karen Bergman, Bishop of Churchill-Hudson Bay was advised in writing of two sex abuse allegations against Father Rivoire. Shortly thereafter Rivoire was off to Winnipeg to stay at the Oblate house, and, we are told, shortly after that a priest arrived in Arviat to talk to those in the community who had anything to report on Rivoire and sexual abuse. (Bishop of Churchill at the time was Reynald Roleau omi) (K)
charges were allegedly laid in 1993
1992: By March 1992 Father Eric Dejaeger was out on full parole
1990 In 1990, after a guilty plea, Oblate priest Father Eric Dejaeger was sentenced to five years in jail. Less than a year later, and after a bit of plea bargaining away of charges, another guilty plea.
1989: said a Mass at Baker Lake about a week before fellow Oblate Father Eric Dejaeger was charged (Dejaeger had been serving in Baker Lake – at the time Rivoire said the Mass Dejaeger was in BC studying linguistics) (see article below)
1985-1986: Pastor, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Eskimo Point – also “Vierge du Sourire” (CCCD)
1978-1993: Superior (OD99)
1992: Invite au chapitre (OD99)
1965-1974: Missionary in Repulse Bay, NWT (OD99)
1973-74: Pastor Notre-Dames des Neiges Roman Catholic Church, Repulse Bay, NWT (CCCD) (now Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay)
1971-72: Pastor Notre-Dames des Neiges, Repulse Bay Roman Catholic Church, NWT (CCCD) (now Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay)
1968-69: Repulse Bay, (CCCD) (Diocese of Churchill)
allegations of sexual abuse against young girl and of a very young Marius Tungilik
1960-1965: Missionary in Igloolik, NWT (OD99)
1960: missionary in Chesterfield Inlet, NWT (OD99)
28 September 1958: ORDAINED in Mornant, France by Bishop Armand Clabaut (OD99)
08 September 1958: Perpetual vows: Solignac, France (OD99)
08 September 1953: First vows: La Brosse-Montceaux (OD99)
20 March 1931: Born in Rontalon, France (OD99)
In memoriam: Marius Tungilik
‘We owed it all to the people’
Northern News Services
Published Saturday, December 22, 2012
Northern News Services
Marius Tungilik is considered one of the founding fathers of Nunavut. But more than a key architect in the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement, a residential school survivor, a longstanding advocate for Inuit autonomy and a CBC reporter, Tungilik – Uncle Mo or Mariusi – was a father and a friend.
|Returning from a Northwest Passage cruise in summer 2011 are lifelong friends from Repulse Bay, residential school survivors and fathers of Nunavut, Peter Irniq, left, Jack Anawak and Marius Tungilik. – photo courtesy of Marie Irniq|
“He was a good man who was always friends with people. He wanted to help people whether he was working in at a professional job or just being Marius,” said Piita Irniq, one of Tungilik’s closest friends, a former NWT minister, Nunavut commissioner and residential school survivor himself.
The two shared many life experiences, each attending the same residential school and later helping map the future of Canada’s newest government. They both grew up in Naujaat (Repulse Bay) with Irniq 10 years Tungilik’s senior. Their fathers were friends and seal hunting partners when residents were still “iglu people.”
Tungilik and Irniq remained friends until the end, playing Yahtzee some nights until 3 a.m, building inuksuit on tropical family vacations and teasing one another about their receding, greying hair. Tungilik was always joking, said Irniq, and he brought out his Inuit sense of humour even in the toughest circumstances.
It is sad chapter, but Tungilik’s life story would not be complete without mentioning his childhood attending Sir Joseph Bernier Roman Catholic residential school in Chesterfield Inlet. The formative period would define his life and career in a many ways. He was one of the first advocates for residential school survivors when, in 1988, he spoke out about being physical and mentally abused.
He was instrumental in the territory- and nation-wide conversation about abuse in residential schools. He petitioned Irniq, an MLA from 1987 to 91, to carry the task of a reunion of survivors and to hold a public inquiry into the loss of language, culture, spirituality and, most of all, parenting skills that resulted from residential schools.
“We were quite involved in talking about healing because we always maintained that talking about your pain is healing,” said Irniq. “That’s the impact of Marius’ work.”
In 1963, when he was five, Tungilik was sent by floatplane to residential school. There weren’t seats on the plane so he held on to his cousin Jack Anawak “for dear life” as they took off and cried the whole way.
“I’m happy that I was there for him when he needed that support,” recalled Anawak, who was 13 at the time.
Nuns and priests – strangers – wearing black robes cut the kids’ hair and segregated the boys and girls, including Tungilik from his sisters. In this alien environment, he wasn’t allowed to speak Inuktitut and could not understand English. Recording his experience in a later interview, Tungilik said he lost part of his identity that day. There were 36 boys; he was number 32.
Leading up to the creation of the new territory on April 1, 1999, Tungilik was the new deputy minister of human resources and Irniq the deputy minister of culture for the government of NWT. Tungilik had a profound obligation to the Inuit in his long career in human resources, pushing for both fairer hiring practises and more Inuktitut speakers. There had to be more Inuit content politically if they were to help and protect Inuit society.
“The government of Nunavut could not be just be another territorial government,” said Irniq. He and Tungilik spoke long and often about their duty to the Inuit people who had a dream. “We owed it all to the people. When we started to talk of the creation of Nunavut (we said) life was going to become easier. Life is not going to be as hard as it is today.”
In confronting abuses from the past, Tungilik was there when people needed help, said Anawak. The two often went for coffee and Anawak said his friend suffered a great deal from his past; perhaps his greatest fault was that he thought too much of others.
By all, he will be remembered for his gentle demeanour and as a source of joy and inspiration. He had many relatives, two sisters, one brother and two children, Jesse and Tanya, with his ex-wife Joanne. His career brought him throughout the North to Yellowknife in the 1970s, Rankin Inlet, Ottawa briefly and Iqaluit to work as a reporter with the CBC. Anawak says Tungilik was always at his happiest returning to his hometown of Repulse Bay – the centre of their universe.
“We were always longing to go home. There was a source of grounding when you landed there.”
Tungilik died on Dec. 16 in Iqaluit. A funeral is to be held in Repulse Bay on Dec. 23.
Marius Tungilik: Inuit leader, whistleblower and public servant, dead at 55
“We will miss Marius, but we will remember his accomplishments”
22 December 2012
Marius Tungilik, 1957 — 2012, in an undated file photo from the 1990s. “He did so much for public service in Nunavut,” said his lifelong friend, Jack Anawak. (FILE PHOTO)
The man whose disclosures about sexual abuse at the Catholic-run Sir Joseph Bernier residential school in Chesterfield Inlet led to a cascade of other disclosures and eventually, an apology from the church, died alone in his bed last week, still struggling with the demons that pursued him all his life.
Marius Tungilik, 55, of Repulse Bay, was discovered Sunday, Dec. 16, by his son Jesse in the Iqaluit apartment they shared.
“Jesse knocked on my door and he said something, but I didn’t hear him,” said Jack Anawak, a long-time friend, fellow residential school survivor and native of Repulse Bay.
“Then he said again, ‘My dad is dead.’ It was a shock,” said Anawak, in between taking calls about Tungilik’s upcoming funeral, which he is helping to organize.
“He usually lives with his dad, but had been house sitting.”
Padma Suramala, the Nunavut chief coroner, said Dec. 20 that a preliminary investigation has ruled out foul play but an official cause of death won’t be released until the results of an autopsy are known, in two to three months. The family does not suspect suicide.
“He took care of everyone else but didn’t do enough to help himself,” Anawak continued. “He tried but he never got down to saying, ‘I need to help myself first.’”
Anawak, who recently returned from residential addictions treatment and trauma counselling at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto, said he, Tungilik and others had been meeting weekly to offer each other support and companionship.
When Tungilik did not show up for last week’s meeting, Anawak sent him an email but never heard back.
Tungilik had been troubled by a recent impaired driving charge, and Anawak had been reassuring him that the charge would be dealt with and that his life would resume.
But Tungilik was dealing with other grief as well, including the killing of his niece, Tracy Uttak, in Igloolik this past November and the sentencing of his other niece, Joyce Kringuk, to life in prison after she pleaded guilty to killing her husband, Joani Kringayark, in 2008.
Tungilik had a long career of public service with the governments of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Canada.
That includes serving as the head of a Public Service Commission of Canada office in Iqaluit and as a deputy minister of personnel with the Government of Nunavut.
He also served on many boards, including the Nunavut Arbitration Board, Nunavut Wildlife Management Board and the Mobile Treatment Program in Nunavut. He was also active over the years with the Repulse Bay Co-op.
“He did so much for public service in Nunavut,” Anawak said.
But he will perhaps be best remembered for being the first person to speak publicly about being sexually abused in the 1960s at the Chesterfield Inlet resident school, at a Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples hearing held in Rankin Inlet in 1991.
When Bishop Renald Rouleau publicly apologized to victims five years later in Igloolik, Tungilik said: “Today’s a historic day in Nunavut. Today, the bishop acknowledged the pain we went through and that is very special to me.”
But in his moving speech, Tungilik admonished members of the church congregation who chastised victims for speaking out.
“I felt betrayed very badly by the church for so long,” he said. “I felt betrayed, so badly, by my fellow Inuit, the church-goers who tried so hard to make us feel bad for what we did.”
Tungilik once told Anawak he remembered vividly the first time he left Repulse Bay to fly to the residential school, about 400 kilometres, as the raven flies, to the south. Anawak was about 14 then and Tungilik was only six or seven.
“He said he was hanging on to me for dear life on the plane. It was so strange for him to be away from his parents. I was nine when I first went away [to school] and at the time, I wanted to go. But he didn’t. He’d never been out of Repulse.”
Tungilik had twice entered treatment programs, Anawak said, and was recently on leave from CBC radio in Iqaluit where, since February 2011, he had worked as a reporter and on-air interviewer.
“His willingness to help others, that’s what I will remember. He reached out to people, especially regarding the residential school stuff. His honesty in really wanting to help people, his assistance and dedication to others. And his dry sense of humour. He made me laugh all the time, right out of the blue,” Anawak said.
“But also, I was worried about him. I don’t think he dealt with all the demons in his head. But he’s at peace now. It’s too bad but I guess he’s not suffering anymore.”
Tungilik leaves behind his son, Jesse, and daughter, Tanya.
Anawak said it’s likely the funeral will be held after Christmas in Repulse Bay and that a memorial service will be held in Iqaluit some time in the new year.
From, OMI Information, No. 444 June 2005
FRANCE – Notre Dame de Lumières
The 30-day week !
How can a week be expanded to contain thirty days? If you think it’s not possible, then you don’t know Jo BOIS. Jo was the director of the annual Retreat for Oblates held at Notre Dame Lumières. This popular shrine of Our Lady in the diocese of Avignon and only about forty miles north of Aix-en-Provence was one of the first properties purchased by Eugene de Mazenod for his missionaries. That was back in 1837. In the intervening years, it has housed at different times a junior seminary and later a major seminary to prepare missionaries who would go to the ends of the earth, bringing the good news of the Gospel.
Today, a number of those missionaries have returned to spend their latter years under Mary’s mantle in the peaceful valley of the Imergue. Superior Jean Marie Toussaint, his energetic treasurer, Johannes Rivoire and the community are attentive to their needs.
The property also houses a retreat-centre-hotel, complete with heated swimming pool. It was there that a number of French Oblates gathered for their annual renewal week. Most of those present are involved in a wide variety of ministries throughout the length and breadth of France, but there were also Oblates from Italy, Laos, Poland and Ireland in the group. Besides, there was also a much broader world spectrum; many of those present had spent long periods in other countries: Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, Lesotho, Cameroon, Chad, Wales or Northern Canada; in all they represented more than one thousand man-years of mission service to the poor, a NOT negligible contribution to the spread of God’s kingdom in the world.
Understandably, former colleagues in ministry paused to share memories occasionally when they met on the prayer-paths of Our Lady’s sun-drenched valley, but this did nothing to take away from the general atmosphere of silence and recollection that pervaded the week. That silence was broken only by the community chant and prayer of the participants or by the gentle background music in the dining room, where each retreatant took his turn to serve the excellent fare prepared for us by Monsieur et Madame Vinot and their very discreet and courteous hotel staff. As for the chant, what may have been lacking in harmony was more than compensated by fervour.
This was the setting and this was the audience for whom Jo Bois telescoped the thirty days of the “Spiritual Exercises” into the week April 10-16, 2005, judiciously filtering Ignatian values through the experience and spirituality of Saint Eugene de Mazenod. Thanks Jo! We hope, as Saint Ignatius would have it, that we have “drawn profit” from those days. You’ve done your bit. You’ve helped to make the Spirit more available and, with Saint Eugene, we pray that “we may increase one hundred fold in the love of God”. (Edward Carolan, OMI)
Sex charges against priest shock to northern town
29 August 1989
YELLOWKNIFE — To those who knew Eric Dejaeger as a friendly, understanding man, news of the Arctic priest’s seven sexual assault charges was shocking.
But to some of his native parishioners in Baker Lake, N.W.T., the bearded, sandy- haired Father Eric was someone who frightened children.
For them, the 42-year-old priest’s departure in May at the advice of Bishop Reynald Rouleau was welcome.
“They don’t want him to come back,” said Happie Aasivaaiyuk, a radio operator in the town of 1,100, located 600 km northeast of Yellowknife.
Dejaeger appears in Yellowknife territorial court today for a bail hearing where it is expected his lawyer will ask for a psychiatric evaluation of his client before any trial proceedings take place.
The priest, who is originally from Belgium, was arrested Aug. 21 in Langley B.C., following a lengthy investigation by the Yellowknife RCMP. He was charged with seven counts of sexual assault alleged to have taken place in Baker Lake during the past several years.
Bishop Rouleau, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Churchill Hudson Bay, serving the Eastern Arctic, said he learned in April from someone outside the community that Dejaeger may face charges.
“For his liberty and his internal freedom, I thought it was preferable for him to leave and he was totally at ease with that because he was not comfortable there,” Rouleau said Monday in an interview from his hometown of Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec.
Dejaeger, who was scheduled months before the charges to take a year’s sabbatical starting in September to study linguistics and the Inuit language of Inuktitut, went to a religious house in Winnipeg, then attended a missionary meeting in June in Edmonton.
“He was a little stressed and nervous, but there was nothing official, there was nothing public at that time,” Rouleau said.
Dejaeger was studying linguistics in Langley when he was arrested, the bishop added.
Rouleau said he is shocked with the situation because “I never heard anything negative about him. He’s a man who relates very easily to people and all kinds of people.”
Allan Hart, manager of the Hudson’s Bay store in Baker Lake and a long-time friend of Dejaeger’s, said he can’t believe the charges.
“He’s a very good personal friend of mine for the past 10 years. I didn’t notice any personal problems or anything. I think he’s perfectly normal.
“He liked to hunt and fish. He’s pretty easy-going — he’s not your typical priest who wears a collar and all that.”
Hart said Dejaeger, who baptized both his children, has been the talk of the town since the charges were laid.
“A lot of people find it really hard to believe — everybody’s pretty shocked.”
Since Dejaeger’s departure, the tiny green wooden church where he worked and lived has been used only once by visiting priest Joannes Rivoire of Eskimo Point, N.W.T., who held a service for the town’s 100 Roman Catholics about a week before the charges were laid.
Rouleau said he would be willing to help Dejaeger professionally, emotionally and spiritually, if he is found guilty.
Regardless of the outcome of his trial, Dejaeger will not work in the tight-knit town of Baker Lake again because it would be too difficult for him, Rouleau said.
Dejaeger came to Canada in 1973. He has worked in the Arctic communities of Repulse Bay, Pelly Bay, Igloolik, and for the past six years, Baker Lake.