Assignment Record– Rev. Leo E. Pollard, S.J.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) ordained in 1947, Pollard spent most of his career as a teacher and coach at Boston College High School. He was also assigned for two years in the late 1940s at Fairfield Prep. in CT, and Weston College in MA. He died in 1999. Pollard's name was included in a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.

Died: January 24, 1999


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1941 1944 Boston College High School Boston MA German teacher, hockey coach Pollard was a seminarian during this time.


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1948 Weston College Weston MA  


Harford bishop was Henry Joseph O'Brien (1945-1968).

1950 Fairfield Preparatory High School Fairfield CT   Fairfield Prep. had 893-910 boys.
1950 1951 St. Robert's Hall Pomfret Center CT   This was the Tertianship of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus.



1967 Boston College High School Boston MA B.C. High had 1444-1304 boys.
1967 1969 Eastern Point Retreat House, Gonzaga Hall Gloucester MA 5/6 This was a retreat house for high school and college age youth. The 1970 Directory indexes Pollard as at this retreat house, but does not list him as there in the Boston archdiocesan pages. His obituary places him here until 1969.


Humberto Sousa Medeiros succeeded Cushing (1970-1983), followed by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1997 Boston College High School Boston MA Teacher; hockey coach. Pollard was moderator of the Fathers' Club until 1991, and was a private English and Latin tutor until 1997. B.C. High had 1259-1028 boys. The 1971 Directoy indexes Pollard as at B.C. High, but does not list him as there in the Boston archdiocesan pages.
1997 1998         Pollard is not indexed in the 1999 Directory and is not listed as at B.C. High. His obituary states that he moved to Campion Health Center in 1997 due to failing health.
1998 1999 Campion Health Center, Inc. Weston MA   Pollard died January 24, 1999.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-2000)

Rev. Leo Pollard, BC High Teacher, Patriot Ledger, January 26, 1999
Boston Priests Not Previously Identified As Accused,, January 19, 2011
Church's Accused Abusers Named Online, Boston Channel, January 19, 2011
Lawyer Reveals List of 19 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse, Metrowest Daily News, January 19, 2011
The missing names from Cardinal O’Malley’s list of accused clerics, The Boston Globe, Nov. 20, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on May 2, 2013.






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