Assignment Record– Rev. George "Rusty" Roulier, O.M.I.
Summary of Case: A priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Roulier spent the first two-plus decades of his career in Haiti. He later worked in New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Roulier has been accused of sexual abuse of at least four children - three boys and one girl. The known accusations are from his time in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Roulier died in 1987.
|1955||1957||Oblate Mission||Camp Perrin||Haiti|
|1963||1966||Oblate Mission||Procure des Cayes||Haiti|
Ogdensburg bishop was Stanislaus Joseph Brzana (1968-1993).
|1977||St. Peter's||Plattsburg||NY||5/5||Parish had a school with 228 students.|
Manchester bishop was Odore Joseph Gendron (1974-1990).
|1981||Oblates of Mary Immaculate Retreat House||
• In 2004 a woman reported to the diocese that her brother was having memories of abuse by Roulier in the 1970s, when the brother was about ten years old. (2009 Manchester diocese and NH Attorney General's audit records)
• Another report states that Roulier was accused of oral sex with a 13 year old boy in Nashua in 1978-1980. (NH Attorney General's audit records 2009)
|NH||occasionally assisted on weekends|
|1978||1981||Presentation of Mary Academy||Hudson||NH||chaplain||This was a grammar school operated by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.|
|late 1970s||early 1980s||Our Lady of Mercy||
• A woman reported to NH Catholic Charities in 2005 that "Fr. Rusty" molested her in about 1980, around the time of her First Communion. She said he put his hand up her dress and tried to make up for it with presents. (2009 NH Attorney General's audit records)
New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).
|1983?||St. Anne's||Nyack||NY||4/4, 3/4, 3/5||Parish had a school with 221-138 students.|
Boston archbishop Humberto Sousa Medeirios (1970-Sept. 1983), followed by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
• An accusation surfaced in Feb. 2002 that Roulier molested an 11-year-old boy in the rectory of this parish. (2002 letter from priest who received phone call re: allegation, to Bishop Boles)
Parish had a school with 236-223 students.
The 1984 Directory indexed and lists Roulier as at both St. Anne's in NY and St. Angela's in Boston.
Roulier died in 1987.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-1987)
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This assignment record was last updated on May 18, 2010.