Assignment Record– Rev. Leon Beauvais

Summary of Case: Leon Beauvais was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1962. After two years as an assistant at a Quincy parish, he transferred to South America where he spent a decade doing missionary work. In 1974 he returned to the archdiocese, assisting in Waltham, Norward and Roslindale MA parishes. Prior to his Roslindale assignment, Beauvais was pastor of St. Mary's in Waltham 1983-1994, followed by a year's sick leave. He died March 23, 1997. In January 2003 litigation Beauvais was one of 16 newly identified priests in the Boston archdiocese accused of having sexually abused minors.

Born: 1936
Ordained: February 2, 1962
Died: March 23, 1997.


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


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

1964 Star of the Sea Quincy MA


1964 1965 Padres de Santiago Apostol Miraflores Lima, Peru  

This was a missionary society.

1965 1974   Guayaquill Ecuador missionary work  


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1981 St. Mary's Waltham MA 3/4, 3/5, 2/4, 2/3  
1980 1983 Walpole State Prison Walpole MA Chaplain  
1981 1983 St. Timothy's Norwood MA 4/4  


Madeiros was replaced by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1994 St. Mary's Waltham MA 1/4, 1/5, 1/3  
1994 1995 Absent on Sick Leave        
1995 1997 Sacred Heart

Roslindale (Boston)

Beauvais was named in a 2003 lawsuit among Boston priests accused of sexually abusing children.

MA 2/5

Sacred Heart had a school with 464 students.


Beauvais died March 23, 1997.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1962-1998).

Father Leon Beauvais, Roslindale Associate Pastor; 60or, Boston Globe, March 25, 1997
16 Priests Named for First Time in Sexual Abuse Lawsuits, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, January 30, 2003
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
Rev. Leon F. Beauvais,

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This assignment record was last updated August 31, 2015.


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