Rev. Gerard Boucher Called to His Rest
On December 28, 2018, the Reverend Gerard Arthur Boucher was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 92 years old.
Father Boucher was born on January 18, 1926 in Dover, New Hampshire and was ordained a priest on May 30, 1953 by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Boucher studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT, and then completed his ecclesiastical studies at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD.
Father Boucher was assigned as associate pastor of the following parishes: St. Augustine Parish, Manchester; Chaplain at St. Charles Orphanage, Rochester, St. Joseph Parish, Berlin; Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in Nashua; Ste. Marie Parish, Manchester where he also served as Temporary Administrator.
Father Boucher was appointed pastor of the following parishes: Immaculate Conception Parish, Troy; St. Lawrence Parish, Goffstown; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hudson; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Hampton; Sacred Heart Parish, Laconia where he served faithfully until he became a Senior Priest in 1990. He served as associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish, Milford. He became a Senior Priest of Retirement Age in July 1993 and continued to assist in parishes. He retired from active ministry in July 1994
Father Boucher also served in a number of diocesan positions including Diocesan Director of the Propagation of the Faith; CYO Director for the Hillsborough Deanery; Advisory Board, Diocesan Needs Assessment Program; member of the Diocesan Priests Personnel Board; Priests Continuing Formation Commission; Council of Priests; Diocesan Vocation Board; Notary of the Diocesan Tribunal; Defender of the Bond for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal; and Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council #6617 and Chaplain, Knights of Columbus Council #12485.
On January 5, 2019, Father Boucher will lie in state at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Rochester from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The Most Reverend Francis J. Christian, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Manchester, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Rite of Committal will be celebrated after the Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Newmarket, New Hampshire. The H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home at 177 North Main Street in Rochester, New Hampshire has care of the arrangements.