Assignment Record– Rev. James E. Gaudreau

Summary of Case: A priest of the Boston archdiocese, ordained in 1969, Gaudreau was accused in September 2012 of having sexually abused a minor in 2006. He was placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. In September 2015 his status remains "Administrative Leave; Case in Process."

: 1969


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1975 St. Patrick's Boston (Roxbury) MA 4/5, 3/7, 1/5, 3/8 St. Patrick's had a grade school with 682-583 students, and a high school with 360-243 girls.
1975 1984 St. Rose's Chelsea-Everett MA 3/5, 3/4 St. Rose's had a grade school with 490-425 students, and a high school with 207-220 girls.


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

1990 St. Joseph's Lynn MA

4/4, 3/3

Gaudreau is listed as "in residence" 1984-1987. He was the Spanish apostolate for the Lynn area.

1990 1994         Gaudreu is not indexed in the 1991-1994 Directories, nor is he listed in the Boston archdiocesan pages of the 1991-1994 Directories as at St. Joseph's in Lynn.


Law was succeeded by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

September 2012 St. Joseph's


• Gaudreau was accused in September 2012 of having sexually abused a child in 2006.

MA   Archdiocesan officials stated that the the allegation was recently brought to them, and they reported it to police. Gaudreau was placed on administrative leave.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-2011)

Lynn Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse, CBS Boston, September 23, 2012
Mass. Roman Catholic Priest Placed on Leave Amid Allegation of Child Sexual Abuse, The Republic, September 23, 2012
Lynn Priest Accused of Child Sexual Abuse, By Matt Rocheleau and Gal Tziperman Lotan, Boston Globe, September 23, 2012
Lynn Pastor Accused of Sex Abuse, By Cyrus Moulto, Daily Item, September 24, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 30, 2015.