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Assignment Record– Rev. Raymond A. Boulanger, S.M.

Summary of Case: A Marist priest ordained in 1951, Boulanger worked in parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston and in parishes and high schools in Portland ME and Detroit MI, where he also served as a hospital chaplain. Boulanger was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having engaged in sexual misconduct toward girls at a Massachusetts parish in the late 1960s. Boulanger's response to the accusations was that he used to give girls "affectionate hugs" which "one of the mothers must have misinterpreted." He died February 12, 2010.

Ordained: 1951
Died: February 12, 2010

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1951

Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1952 Marist College and Seminary Bedford MA 7/9  

1952

Portland bishop was Joseph Edward McCarthy (1932-1955), followed by Daniel Joseph Feeney (1955-1969).

1958 St. Mary's Van Buren ME

8/8,7/7,7/9,5/7,6/7

Residence of Marist priests who taught in Van Buren's Boys' High School (public). Boulanger is indexed but not listed as at St. Mary's in the Portland diocesan pages of the 1958 Directory.
1952 1958 Van Buren Boys' High School Van Buren ME    

1958

Detroit archbishop was John Francis Deardon (1958-1980).

1976 Notre Dame High School for Boys Harper Woods MI

4/18,7/22,6/22,7/21,6/21,4/20,
4/17,2/14,2/15

School had 843-1065 students. The 1967-1971 Official Catholic Directories refer to Boulanger as "Very Reverend" and indicate he was Vice Rector. He is indexed in the 1972-1976 Directories as being at Notre Dame High School, but is not listed there in the diocesan pages.
1971 1975 Queen of Peace Harper Woods MI   This assignment is per a Notre Dame Academy 2010 death notice.

1976

Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1979 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Methuen

• Boulanger was named publicly in 2002 as having been accused of sexual misconduct toward girls at this parish in the late 1960s. He said in 2002 that he often gave girls "affectionate hugs" and that "one of the mothers must have misinterpreted" his actions.

MA 1/2,1/3 Parish had a school with 206-208 students.

1979

Portland bishop was Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1974-1988), succeeded by Joseph John Gerry (1988-2004).

1992 St. John the Baptist Brunswick ME 4/5,3/5,2/4,2/3,2/6,2/5 Parish had a school with 385-224 students.

1979

 

1992 St. Andrew's Pejepscot ME   St. Andrew's was a mission for St. John the Baptist in Brunswick ME
1980 1985 Diocesan Human Relations Services District #3 Advisory Board Portland ME    
    Diocesan Executive Board Portland ME    
    Diocesan Personnel Committee Portland ME    
1986 1992 Regional Hospital Portland ME Chaplain  

1992

Medeiros was replaced as Boston archbishop by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1994 St. Joseph's (French) Haverhill MA 5/5 In residence. Parish had a school with 279 students.
1992 1994 St. Louis' Lowell MA Parochial Vicar  
1994 2005 The Marist House Framingham MA 9/9,11/11,9/10/8/8,6/8,
6/13,6/12,7/13,8/15

The Marist House was a retreat center.

  2010 St. Patrick Manor Framingham MA   Boulanger died February 12, 2010.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1952-2005).

Attorneys Release Records on 10 More Priests, Brothers, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, December 17, 2002
Newly Released Files Identify More Alleged Abusive Priests, By Robin Washington and Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald, December 17, 2002
Please Pray For..., NDPMA.com, October 27, 2010
The Missing Names from Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 2011



Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy & Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

This assignment record collates Boulanger's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated September 1, 2015.



 
 

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