Fr. Kirby Blanchard

Blanchard_KirbyDate of birth: 11/16/1928

Date of ordination: 5/30/1953

Abuse History:

On 12/31/13, the Diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Blanchard, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the Diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Served 40 years in churches in Duluth, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and beyond, including 17 years as a chaplain at St. Joseph?s Hospital in Brainerd.

Source:  http://bishop-accountability.orgDiocese of Duluth List of Clergy With Credible Claims 12.31.13; Diocese of Duluth Statement by Bishop Sirba 12.31.13;Duluth News Tribune 12.31.13; Northlands News Center 12.31.13; Star Tribune 12.31.13; Duluth News Tribune 01.01.14;Pine and Lakes Echo Journal 01.07.14

Assignments in Diocese of Duluth:

  • Asst. Pastor: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth – 7/ 22/1953 – 1/ 7/1965
  • Pastor: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Garrison – 1/ 7/19 65 – 8/24/1966
  • Pastor: St. Joseph’s Church, Deerwood – 1/7/1965 – 8/24/1966
  • Pastor: St. Augustine’s Church, Cohasset – 8/24/1966 – 2/ 27/1969
  • Pastor: St. Mary’s Church, Deer River – 8/24/1966 – 2/27/1969
  • Pastor: St. Christopher Church, Nisswa – 2/27/1969 – 3/17/1971
  • Pastor: St. Alice Church, Pequot Lakes – 2/ 27/1969 – 3/17/1971
  • Pastor: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Pine River – 2/ 27/1969 – 3/17/1971
  • Pastor: St. Anthony’s Church, Duluth – 3/17/1971 – 6/1/1976
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Chaplain: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Brainerd – 9/1/1976 – 12/5/1993

Retired: 12/ 5/1993

Died 8/11/2006

Source: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/11_12/2013_12_31_RomanCatholicDioceseofDuluth_ClergyWith.htm

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