Rev. Ronald E. Brassard

Summary of Case: Plaintiff claims he was 13 and student at St. Henry's Seminary in Illinois in 1970s when abuse began. Said Brassard and several other priests abused him. Sued 1995. Diocese said that, due to inconcistencies, Brassard would remain active at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cranston pending further investigation. Still active pastor at same church per diocesan website accessed Feb. 4, 2010.

Ordained: 1974

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bishop was Louis E. Gelineau (1971-1997)

1976 St. Thomas' Providence RI


Pastor was Msgr. Louis W. Dunn. Rev. Peter M. Cavanaugh was second, then third priest listed, replaced in second spot 1976-1977 by Rev. John C. Halloran. Rev. Robert A. Rochon was third priest 1975-1976. Brassard "in residence" 1974-1975.



Dunn with multiple allegations of sexual assault. Convicted in 1997 of rape (Providence Journal-Bulletin, December 21, 1999).

St. Thomas had a school with 253-240 students.

1976 1977 St. Margaret's Rumford RI


Pastor was Msgr. Arthur T. Geoghegan. Rev. Joseph F. Davis was assistant pastor. Brassard was in residence.


St. Margaret's had a school with 321 students.
1977 1983 St. Patrick's Providence RI


Brassard was in residence. Pastor was Rev. Raymond M. Kelly. Assistant pastor 1977-1978 was Rev. Saulius P. Laurinaitis (Col.), replaced thereafter by Rev. Timothy J. Lemlin.

St. Patrick's had a school with 179-149 students.


Bishop of Belleville until April 1984 was John N. Wurm, replaced in December 1984 by James P. Keleher.

1988 National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows


•Man in 1994 alleged a ring of priests at the Our Lady of the Snows sexually abused him in the early 1980s, and pressured him and other teenage boys into soliciting men as sexual partners for the priests (St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 7, 1994). Brassard named as one of the abusive priests (Providence Journal-Bulletin May 5, 1995)



Bishop from 1997-2005 was Robert E. Mulvee. Thomas J. Tobin became Bishop of Providence in 2005.

2010 Immaculate Conception Cranston RI


Brassard was assistant to Pastor Rev. Albert J. Cerrito from1988 to1993, at which time he became Pastor. He was the only priest at Immaculate Conception 1993- 1995, joined in 1995 by Deacons Carmine Forlingieri, Raymond J. LaFrance, Thomas J. Lennon, Thomas R. Raspallo. LaFrance left in 1998, and Lennon in 2000.


Immaculate Conception had a religious education program with 625-452 students.

1973 1975 Diocesan Liturgical Commission Secretary      

Brassard held this position prior to as well as after ordination.

1975 1983 Director and Chair of Office for Worship and Liturgy        
1980 1983 Assistant Chancellor        
1989 1991 Advisory Board to the Office for Workship        





Diocesan Liturgical Commission        
1991 1998 Diocesan Music Commission        

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1974-2007).

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