Rev. James LaReau, o.f.m.Cap./Rev. Armand LaReau, o.f.m.Cap.

Summary of Case: LaReau was accused in 1992 of having sexually abused a 16-year-old  student in the 1970s at the minor seminary where LaReau was a teacher. LaReau died in 1987.

: 1961
Died: July 16, 1987



Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1962 St. Francis of Assisi (German) Milwaukee WI

Parish had a school with 254 students.

LaReau is indexed in the 1962 Directory as at the address for this parish, but is not listed as there in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages.


Cousins was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1978 St. Lawrence Seminary

Mt. Calvary

In 1992 a former St. Lawrence Seminary student reported to the news media that LaReau, among other St. Lawrence Seminary faculty, sexually abused him when he was a student there in the 1970s. (Milwaukee Journal
December 20, 1992) The Capuchins gave the accuser $4,000.00 for therapy in exchange for his silence. (Milwaukee Journal
December 20, 1992)

WI Latin teacher

This was a minor seminary high school, with 254-358 students.

LaReau's name changes in the 1968 Directory from "Armand" to "James". He is referred to as James thereafter.

1978 1982         LaReau is not indexed in the 1979-1982 Directories, nor is he listed at his previous or subsequent assignments.


Saginaw bishop was Kenneth Edward Untener (1980-2004)

1984 Queen of Angels Friary and Retreat House Saginaw MI In residence. This was headquarters for the Capuchin Fathers of the Province of St. Joseph (Detroit).
1984 1985         LaReau is not indexed in the 1985 Directory.


Fargo bishop was James Stephen Sullivan (1985-2002)

1986 St. Anthony of Padua's Fargo ND 2/2 Parish had a school with 95 students.


Madison bishop was Cletus Francis O'Donnell (1967-1992)

1987 San Damiano Friary Madison WI  

This was a Capuchin Order-Province of St. Joseph House of Prayer.

LaReau died July 16, 1987.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1962-1988)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 26, 2011.