Father Gerard Boulanger, LaSalette superior, dies

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Father Gerard Boulanger, M.S., 70, a Missionary of Our Lady of LaSalette, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, died January 2 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

He was born Mar. 20, 1944 in Holyoke, son of the late Eugene and Blanche (Godaire) Boulanger.

After attending Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School in Easthampton, he completed his high school studies at the LaSalette Seminary in Enfield, N.H., and began his seminary studies at the LaSalette College Seminary in East Brewster and Altamont, N.Y. 

He entered the LaSalette Novitiate in Bloomfield, Conn. in 1966 and made first profession of vows on July 1, 1967 and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 22, 1970 at the LaSalette Seminary in Ipswich. After completing his studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., he was ordained to the priesthood at the LaSalette Seminary in Ipswich on May 26, 1973.

After ordination, Father Jerry was assigned to teach at the Seminary in Cheshire, Conn., and the following year, served as Spiritual director and professor at the LaSalette Seminary in Altamont, N.Y. 

In 1975, he was named associate pastor at St. James Parish in Danielson, Conn. Four years later, he was assigned to the LaSalette Shrine in Ipswich, where he was appointed director of the Shrine residence. From Ipswich, he went on to serve at various parishes in Missouri, Georgia and Connecticut. 

In 1997, Father Boulanger was appointed co-pastor/administrator of St. Mary Parish in Jewett City, Conn. In 2001, he was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, and in 2006 was named as director of the LaSalette Shrine in Enfield, N.H. In 2008, he was named parochial vicar of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Sulphur, La. 

Three years later, Father Boulanger was named superior of the LaSalette Shrine Community in Attleboro. As superior, he was noted for his great kindness and caring for his LaSalette confreres. 

In addition to being superior, he had recently been named interim co-director of the National Shrine in Attleboro. Father was greatly esteemed by his confreres and over the years was asked to represent them at various provincial meetings and on LaSalette committees.

In addition to his LaSalette brothers, Father Boulanger is survived by his sisters, Cecile Finn and Eleanor Lussier, and a sister-in-law, Thelma Boulanger, as well as many relatives and friends. Father Jerry was pre-deceased by a brother, Donald Boulanger.

A Mass of Christian burial was concelebrated on January 10 at the LaSalette Shrine Church in Attleboro. His burial was held in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton.

Contributions in Father Boulanger’s memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, Conn. 06114-2330.

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