Rev. Alvin J. LeBlanc
Getting to Know Fr. LeBlanc
Born in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick, Canada, Fr. LeBlanc moved with his family to Hartford, Connecticut, in July 1960. After an early education in Catholic schools, Fr. LeBlanc attended Saint Thomas Seminary High School and Junior College in Bloomfield, attending the University of Hartford as well during that time. He studied French at the University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada in 1974. He then attended Saint Mary’s Seminary College in Catonsville, MD, in 1975, majoring in Philosophy and French Literature, acquiring his B.A in 1977. He continued his theological studies at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, acquiring his Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees in Sacred Theology in 1981. Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Baltimore, MD on November 21, 1981, he was subsequently ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Hartford on November 6, 1982, at Saint Thomas Seminary Chapel, Bloomfield, CT.
Fr. LeBlanc’s first priestly assignment was as Parochial Vicar at Saint Augustine Church, Seymour, CT, from 1982 to 1986. In 1986, he was sent to Rome for post-graduate studies at the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, where he earned a J.C.L. (Canon Law Degree). In the summer of 1988, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Waterbury, CT, with an initial part-time ministry in the Metropolitan Tribunal in Hartford. From September of 1989 to the summer of 2003, he worked full time as Judge and Defender of the Bond for the Marriage Tribunal in Hartford. During this period, he held the following positions at the Metropolitan Tribunal: 1989-1990: Judge and Defender of the Bond; 1990-1998: Adjutant Judicial Vicar; and 1998-2003: Judicial Vicar. While working at the Tribunal, Fr. LeBlanc also served as priest-in-residence at Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and assisted as Spiritual Director to seminarians for the Archdiocese of Hartford at the then Pope Paul VI House of Formation. During that time, he served as weekend-assistant at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, West Simsbury from 1989 to 1995. In addition to his full-time weekday Tribunal role, he was then appointed Canonical Administrator of Saint Anne Church, Waterbury, a French-Canadian faith community from 1995 until 2003. In June 2003, he was assigned as Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Seton Church, Rocky Hill, while continuing part-time ministry as Judge at the Tribunal. Fr. LeBlanc also taught courses in Canon Law in the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry and Diaconal programs at the time. In December 2004, he was elected and appointed to the Priests Personnel Board and re-elected in 2010, serving a total of twelve years. In July 2006, he was appointed as Pastor of Saint Ann Church, Bristol, another French-speaking community, where he served for eleven years. Thereafter, Father LeBlanc completed a sabbatical at Saint Paul University /University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada, acquiring a Graduate Diploma in Canonical Practice in May 2017.
Fr. LeBlanc was appointed Pastor of Saint Timothy, West Hartford on June 29, 2017.
On January 1, 2021, Father was additionally appointed Pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hartford, while continuing his ministry as Pastor of Saint Timothy Church. West Hartford as well.
On January 1, 2022, Fr. LeBlanc became the Pastor of the newly-incorporated merged ‘Parish of St. Thomas & St. Timothy, West Hartford’.
During his priesthood, Father has twice-served 3 year terms on the Archbishop’s Presbyteral Council & will conclude his 2nd term in 2023.
On February 21, 2023, Fr. LeBlanc became Pastor of St. John Fisher Church, Marlborough, CT.
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God)