Fr. Gerard Joseph Howell

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Accused along with his brother, Fr. Rodney Howell, of molesting dozens of students at school for deaf in New Orleans in the 1970s. On archdiocese’s list 11/2/18. It notes allegation received 1978 of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s. Also per 11/16 list, Howell was removed in 1980; however the Catholic Directories show he was on sick leave in 1978, then assigned to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Deaf Center in Baton Rouge, where he remained until sent to treatment in 1981. Reassigned 1982 to parish in Westwego LA. Absent on leave 1986-92. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019, noting allegation in 3/01 of abuse in the late-1970s at St. Francis de Sales Deaf Center in Baton Rouge. Returned to New Orleans in 1981, removed from ministry 1992. Living in South Dakota monastery in 2003. Removed from ministry. Reportedly in TX in 2019. Taken off archdiocesan payroll as ordered by judge in bankruptcy in 5/20. Medical benefits reinstated by same judge after Howell complained.


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