Assignment History– Rev. Normand J. Demers

Ordained: 1958
Retired: 2005

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bishop of Providence was Russell J. McVinney (1948-1971).

1959 St. John the Evangelist Slatersville RI


Demers worked under Rev. Thomas I. Myrick.

1959 1964? St. Vincent de Paul (French) West Warwick RI


Pastor was Rev. Telespore St. Jean

Parish had a school with 166-192 boys and 187-173 girls.

The Official Catholic Directories index Demers as at St. Vincent's during these years, but he is not listed there in the OCD's diocesan pages for 1962-1964.


McVinney was replaced as Bishop by Louis E. Gelineau (1972-1997).

1973 Our Lady of Fatima Hospital

North Providence

Allegations in 2002 that Demers sexually molested a 12- to 14-year-old boy while Chaplain at this hospital. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
March 28, 2002)

RI Chaplain  
1973 1974 Rhode Island State Institutions Cranston RI


Demers is listed as 5/5 chaplains, after Revs. Joseph Baribeau, M.S.C., Robert Langlais, M.S.C., Fernand A. Roberge, M.S.C., Laurent Gosseln, M.S.C.

1974 1990 St. Joseph's


• Demers is reported to have resigned from St. Joseph's and taken a short leave of absence in 1990, after he was accused of "inappropriate behavior" against boys at a Haitian orphanage. (Providence Journal-Bulletin
April 19, 2002)





3/3, 2/2, 1/4, 1/2, 1/3, 1/1

Demers is listed as in residence 1974-1976. Pastor those years was Rev. Edward W.K. Mullen. Second priest 1975-1975 was Rev. Auguste J. Delvaux. Demers moved to the pastor position in 1976. In residence 1976-1977, and then 1978-1981 was Rev. Bertand L. Theroux. Also in residence 1976-1977 were Revs. Jose Marie de Sousa, C.S.Sp and Raphael Iannone, O.F.M. Cap. In 1977-1978 Rev. John E. Abreu was the only other priest, and is listed as in residence. Demers and Theroux were joined 1978-1980 by Rev. Meneleo Litonjua, in residence. From 1981-1990 Demers is the only priest listed in the OCD's as at St. Joseph's.


1986 1989 The Haitian Project


• Demers was accused in 1989 of inappropriately touching boys at this Haiti orphanage. He was briefly jailed in Haiti and the orphanage asked him to resign. Providence Bishop Gelineau allowed him to continue working in the Providence diocese. (Providence Journal-Bulletin
April 19, 2002)

Haiti Executive DIrector Demers helped found The Haitian Project in 1986, which was an orphanage with a school. Per news reports, there were a "a dozen boys in the orphanage and 60 children in the school." (Providence Journal-Bulletin
April 19, 2002).


Robert Edward Mulvee replaced Gelineau as Bishop in 1997 (1997-2005).


St. Martha's

East Providence RI

2/3, 2/2

Pastor during 1990-1992 was Rev. John F. Doran, with Demers in second spot, followed by Rev. Paul F. Reynolds. Thereafter Demers is the second and last priest listed under Rev. Jude P. McGeough.

St. Martha's had a religious education program, first listed in the OCD's in 1995, with 208-380 students.
2002 2005 Absent on leave        


Thomas Joseph Tobin succeeded Mulvee as Providence Bishop
(2005 -).

2016 Retired Providence RI    

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1959-2016)

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.

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This assignment record was last updated on November 15, 2017.


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