Fr. Roger Boucher, a native of New Hampshire, received his bachelor’s degree from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and entered graduate studies at St. Paul’s School of Theology in Washington, D.C. He interrupted his studies for a year to serve as a missionary in Peru, then returned to St. Paul’s and received his degree in theology in 1973. He was ordained a priest on April 28, 1973, by Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan in Christ the King Church, Worcester.
On June 9, 1985, he became a chaplain in the United States Navy after completing Officer Training School in Newport, R.I. Fr. Boucher was awarded three meritorious service medals and three Navy and Coast Guard commendation medals, among other awards. He holds the rank of commander.
At retirement he received a U.S. flag flown over the Capital Dome from Gov. John Lynch of New Hampshire. He retains his commission and the rank of commander, and recently served two terms from 2000-2012 as legislative chaplain to the House of Representative in New Hampshire.
In semi-retirement he assists the weekend needs of pastors of the Melkite and Maronite churches in New Hampshire, as well as the Diocese of Manchester. Fr. Boucher also currently serves as the chaplain of Northeast Catholic College.