Assignment Record– Rev. Henry Rancourt, S.M.

Summary of Case: A Marist priest ordained in 1957, Rancourt worked in Michigan, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts. Rancourt was accused anonymously in 1992 of molesting Haitian boys at a parish school in Boston. Per a church bulletin in 2006, "Fr. Rancourt has 23 years in education, 6 as a foster parent, 11 in Haitian ministry and 8 in preaching missions." Rancourt's name was included on attorney Mitchell Garabedian's list released in April 2012 of lawsuits settled within the previous year naming clergy accused of child sexual abuse. In 2015 he was still an active priest.

Ordained: 1957

     

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1957

Detroit archbishop was Edward Aloysius Mooney (1937-1958), followed by John Francis Dearden (1958-1980).

1974 Notre Dame High School for Boys Harper Woods MI Rancourt was Principal 1968-1974 The school had 915-1,065 students.

1974

Cleveland bishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980).

1979 Chanel High School Bedford OH Principal The school had 507-415 students, all male.

1979

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

1982 Marist Fathers Provincial House/Foster Home Newton MA Rancourt's listing in the Directories includes "Foster Home, 18 Wellington St., Boston."

1982

Brooklyn Bishop was Francis John Mugavero (1968-1990).

1984 Our Lady of Refuge Brooklyn NY 4/4 Parish had a school with 485 students.
1984 1987 St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise Brooklyn NY 1/4, 1/5 Parish had a school with 455 students.

1987

Boston bishop was Bernard Francis law (1984-2002).

1988 The Marist Retreat House Framingham Centre MA    
1988 1993

St. Angela's

Boston (Mattapan)

Accused in an anonymous communication to the archdiocese in 1992 of "kissing and molesting Haitian boys" at the school.

MA 2/2 Parish had a school with 222 students.
1993 1994 Our Lady of Pity, Notre Dame De Pitie (French) Cambridge MA 2/3  

1994

Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M.
(2003-).

2009 The Marist Retreat House Framingham Centre MA  

A 2005 bulletin for Worcester parish, St. Joseph-Notre Dame, states that during a Sept. 19-22 mission, "Homilies offered daily by Rev. Henry Rancourt, sm." (Worcester bishop was Robert Joseph McManus (2004-)

In March 2006 Rancourt lead the parish mission at St. Barbara's in Woburn, MA.

Rancourt is not indexed beyond the 2009 Directory.

  2015 Our Lady of Lourdes Center Boston MA   Per the archdiocesan website in September 2015, Rancourt was still an active priest and living at this Center in Boston.


Sources
: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-2009)

Documents produced by the Boston Archdiocese: 1992 letter alleging abuse
Excerpt From, Church Bulletin for Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Church Bulletin, September 11, 2005
Excerpt from St. Barbara's Parish Sunday Bulletin, Woburn, MA, March 12, 2006
New Garabedian List, Bishopaccountability.org, April 11, 2012
Former Marist House Priest is on Sex Abuse List, By Julia Spitz, MetroWest Daily News, April 12, 2012
Parishes, Schools & People, bostoncatholic.org, accessed September 2015


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 September 30, 2015.

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