Assignment Record Rev. Gerard Joseph "Jerry" Howell

Accused along with his deceased brother, Fr. Rodney Howell, of molesting dozens of students at school for the 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. It notes an allegation received 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 priestly ministry. Reportedly in TX in 2019.

Ordained: 1964

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


New Orleans archbishop was Joseph Francis Rummel (1935-1964), replaced by John Patrick Cody (1964-1965) , then Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988)

1966 St. Lawrence the Martyr Kenner/Metarie LA

3/3 ,2/2

Parish had a school with 628-619 boys and 616-587 girls.
1966 1967 St. Henry's New Orleans LA 3/3

Parish had a school with 162 boys and 177 girls.

1967 1971? SS Peter and Paul New Orleans LA 2/2

Parish had a school with 186-137 boys and 215-183 girls.

Howell is indexed in the 1971 Directory as at this parish, but his name is not listed there in the New Orleans diocesan pages.

1971 1974 St. Ann National Shrine New Orleans LA


In residence


1974 1977 Holy Trinity (Chapel of Ease) New Orleans LA 1/1 Administrator  
1977 1978 sick leave        


Baton Rouge bishop was Joseph Vincent Sullivan (1974-1982)

1981 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Deaf Center

Baton Rouge

Accused in 1992 of having abused dozens of deaf children at this parish and nearby school in the 1970s, along with his brother, Rev. Rodney Howell.

LA   Rodney Howell died in 1993.


Worcester bishop was Bernard Joseph Flanagan (1959-1983)

1982 House of Affirmation Whittinsville MA   House of Affirmation was a treatment facility for priests with psychological and psychosexual problems.



1983 Our Lady of Prompt Succor Westwego LA 2/2 Parish had a school with705 students.
1983 1986 Prince of Peace Chalmette LA   2/2


Hannan was replaced as archbishop by Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002)

1992 Absent on Leave      

Howell was removed from ministry after the church investigated the allegations against him.

Howell is no longer indexed in the Directories after 1992.

Reported to have been living in a monastery in South Dakota in 2003.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1965-1992).

News Briefs, Houston Chronicle, December 8, 1992
Sex Abuse Survivors Meet to Share Tales; local SNAP Formed for Victims of Priests, by Bruce Nolan,
The Times-Picayune, February 4, 2003
Special Reports: Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
House of Affirmation,

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This assignment record was last updated on March 27, 2019.



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