Assignment Record– Rev. Kirby R. Blanchard
Summary of Case: Kirby Blanchard was ordained for the Duluth diocese in 1953. He was an assistant at the Cathedral in Duluth for 12 years, then pastored parishes in Garrison, Deerwood, Deer River, Cohasset, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, and Duluth until 1976. He was a hospital chaplain in Duluth from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. Blanchard was removed from active ministry in December 1995. He died August 11, 2006. Blanchard's name was included on a list released by the Duluth diocese in December 2013 of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese.
Born: November 16, 1928
Duluth bishop was Thomas Anthony Welch (1925-1959), followed by Francis Joseph Schenk (1960-1969).
|1/07/65||Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary||Duluth||MN||
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1954-56: Revs. Alfred J. Azzo, J.C.L., James F. Golden, Kirby R. Blanchard. School- Sisters of the III Order of St. Dominic 10. Sister Domitilla, O.P., Dir. Lay teacher 1.
1957-58: Revs. Alfred J. Azzo, J.C.L., Revs. James F. Golden, Kirby R. Blanchard. In res., Rev. Robert W. Klein. Sister Mary Eugenia, O.P., Dir. Sisters of the III Order of St. Dominic, 10.
1961-62: Rt. Rev. Msgr. Gallik, J.C.D., V.G., Revs. Blanchard, Scheuer. In res., Rev. Klein. Sister Eugenia, O.P., Dir.
|The Cathedral had a school with 433-544 students.|
|1/07/65||8/24/66||Our Lady of Fatima||Garrison||MN||Pastor|
|8/24/66||2/27/69||St. Mary's||Deer River||MN||1/1|
Schenk was succeeded by Paul Francis Anderson (1969-1982).
|2/27/69||3/17/71||St. Alice's||Pequot Lakes||MN||Pastor|
|2/27/69||3/17/71||Our Lady of Lourdes||Pine River||MN||1/1|
1971-72: Rev. Kirby Blanchard. In res., Rev. Adrian Fernando, O.S.B. School- Sisters of St. Benedict 2; Sister DePaul Chamberlain, O.S.B., Prin. Lay teachers 3.
|St. Anthony's had a school with 93 students.|
Robert Henry Brom replaced Anderson as Duluth bishop (1983-1989), followed by Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (1989-2000).
|12/05/93||St. Joseph's Hospital||Brainerd||MN||Chaplain||The 1977-78 Directories index Blanchard as at Hibbing General Hospital, but he is listed in the Duluth diocesan pages as at St. Joseph's.|
Dennis Mario Schnurr succeeded Schwietz (2001-2008).
Blanchard is not indexed in the 1995-2000 Directories.
He was removed from active ministry December 27, 1995.
Blanchard died August 11, 2006.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1954-2006)
• Clergy with Credible Claims against Them Concerning Sexual Abuse of a Young Person, Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, December 31, 2013