Fr. Albert Rene Blanchard

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

A woman told the diocese in 1993 that she sought counseling from Blanchard in 1971 at age 15. He was 30. The “relationship” lasted four years. He left the priesthood in 1977, was laicized in 6/80 and married. In 1993 the woman, the diocese and Blanchard settled after the review board found the allegations credible. In 2009 she complained after learning that he was working as a volunteer “social worker/ spiritual care coordinator” for the diocese resource group. It took the diocese a year to finally remove him. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused in 3/16. Its list updated in 6/21 shows his middle name as Rene.

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