Assignment Record– Rev. Raymond L. Hyder

Summary of Case: Hyder was named in a 2003 lawsuit as having molested an adolescent boy while serving at St. Margaret's in Lowell, MA. Hyder served at this parish for most of his 46 year career, with the exception of 1951-1958. He was elevated to Monsignor in 1957. He died in 1975.

: 1929
Died: September 29, 1975


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), followed by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1951 St. Margaret's Lowell MA 3/3 , 2/3, 2/4, 3/4 Parish had a school with 58-251 boys and 82-248 girls.
1951 1956 Keith Academy for Boys Lowell MA Chaplain The Academy was run by the Xavierian Brothers and had 431-420 students.
1956 1958 St. Patrick's Lowell MA 1/5

Parish had a school with 357-318 boys and 353-323 girls.

Hyder was named a monsignor in 1957.


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1975 St. Margaret's


Hyder was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having molested an adolescent boy while at St. Margaret's.
(Boston Herald [Boston MA]
May 22, 2003 )

MA 1/5, 1/4

Parish had a school with 805-508 students.


Hyder died Sept. 29, 1975

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1930-1975)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 11, 2010.