Fr. Harvey Fortier
Diocese of Shreveport
Assigned as Follows:
- St. Joseph Church (Marksville, LA)
- St. Rita Church (Alexandria, LA)
- Christ the King (Simmesport, LA)
- Church of the Little Flower (Evergreen, LA)
- St. Joseph (Cheneyville, LA)
- St. Margaret (Homer, LA)
- Our Lady of Lourdes (Vidalia, LA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Harvey Fortier:
Fr. Harvey Fortier was ordained a Josephite priest in 1961, and served in the Diocese of Shreveport. According to media reports, in 2019, Fr. Harvey Fortier was publicly named on the Diocese of Alexandria’s disclosure list of priests accused of sexual misconduct. The list notes that the allegation of child sexual abuse in 1954 against Father Fortier was received in 1994. Fr. Fortier’s file was brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2019. After a review, the allegation that Fr. Fortier sexually abused a male minor was found credible. The church settled with the victim in 1995
Prior to the founding of the Diocese of Shreveport in 1986, churches in the Shreveport area were under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport. According to church protocol, the files of accused clergy members remain with the Diocese of Alexandria.
In 2020, the Diocese of Shreveport included Fr. Fortier’s name on its list of credibly accused under the heading “release of names of priests who served in the former Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport removed for sexual abuse of a minor.”
Fr. Harvey Fortier died in a car accident in 1999.
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