Rev. Henry Rancourt, s.m.

Summary of Case: Rancourt was accused anonymously in 1992 of molesting Haitian boys at a parish school. There is scant information available regarding Rancourt. A 2006 church bulletin states "Fr. Rancourt has 23 years in education, 6 as a foster parent, 11 in Haitian ministry and 8 in preaching missions." (St. Barbara's,Woburn, MA March 12, 2006) As of 2009 he was known to be an active priest.

: 1957


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1958       Rancourt is not indexed in the 1958 Directory. His ordination year is per the 1988 Directory.



1974 Notre Dame High School for Boys Harper Woods MI

Rancourt was Principal 1968-1974

The school had 915-1,065 students.


Cleveland bishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

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


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.


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.


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. (archdiocesan document).

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  


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

2009 The Marist Retreat House Framingham Centre MA    


Worcester bishop was Robert Joseph McManus (2004-)

  St. Joseph-Notre Dame Worcester MA  

A 2005 church bulletin states that during a Sept. 19-22 mission, "Homilies offered daily by Rev. Henry Rancourt, sm." (Holy Name of Jesus Parish Bulletin 9-11-2005)

A 2010 google search shows that these parishes merged at some point to become Holy Family.

  2012 Our Lady of Lourdes Center Boston MA   Per the archdiocesan website March 2012.

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

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This assignment record was last updated on March 27, 2012