Assignment Record– Rev. Lawrence Joseph Michaud, s.m.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Marist Order ordained in 1936, Michaud worked in Massachusetts, Maine, Washington DC and Rhode Island. He died in 1990. Michaud was accused in a 1994 letter to Cardinal Law of having sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in the late 1950s or early 1960s, while he was assigned to St. Joseph's in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

: 1936
Died: November 2, 1990


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).

1944 Our Lady of Pity (French) Cambridge MA 2/3, 2/4, 3/3

Parish had a school with 270-201 boys and 340-284 girls.

Michaud is initially listed as "Laurent" Michaud, s.m.

Michaud continues to be listed in the Boston archdiocesan pages of the Directories at this parish through 1946, in addition to his listing at Sacred Heart in Lawrence.


O'Connell was succeeded by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1946 Sacred Heart (French) Lawrence MA 3/4, 3/3 Parish had a grade school with 285-250 boys and 365-426 girls, and a high school with 85-93 girls.


Portland bishop was Joseph Edward McCarthy (1932-1955).

1947 St. Bruno's Van Buren ME 3/4 Parish had a grade school with 443 boys and 465 boys, and a high school with 138 boys and 180 girls.


D.C. archbishop was Patrick Aloysius

1948 Marist Seminary Washington D.C.  

This was the Provincial House of the Washington Province of the Marist Fathers.

Michaud is indexed but is not listed in the Washington D.C. archdiocesan pages of the Directory as at this assignment.

1948 1954 Sacred Heart Lawrence MA 1/4, 1/5, 1/3 Parish had a grade school with 265-309 boys and 268-290 girls, and a high school with 80-108 girls.




St. John the Baptist

Chapel-Naval Air Base

Brunswick ME   Parish had a school with 339 boys and 349 girls.
1954 1955 St. Andrew's Pejepscot ME   This was a mission of St. John's in Brunswick.
1955 1963 St. Joseph's (French)


In a 1994 letter to Cardinal Law, a woman accused Michaud of having sexually abused her when she was 12- years-old, while he served at this parish. (Document produced by Boston archdiocese)

MA 2/5, 2/4, 1/4, 1/5 Parish had a school with 319-298 boys and 363-276 girls.
1963 1964 Our Lady of Victories (French) Boston MA 4/7  
1964 1967 St. Therese's Methuen MA 2/3

Parish had a school with 228-244 boys and 242-223 girls.

Michaud continues to be listed in the 1968 Directory's Boston archdiocesan pages as at St. Theresa's, although is is indexed only as at his next assignment, in Maine.


Portland bishop wa Daniel Joseph Feeney (1955-1969).

1968 St. Remy's Keegan ME 1/1  


Providence bishop was Daniel Joseph Feeney (1955-1969), followed by Peter Leo Gerety (1969-1974).

1970 St. Charles Borromeo (French) Providence RI 1/3 Parish had a school with 148-138 boys and 165-161 girls.


Cushing was replaced as Boston archbishop by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1971 St. Therese's Methuen MA 4/5 Parish had a school with 120 boys and 99 girls.
    St. Joseph's Hamlin ME   This assignment is per news reports. (Boston Globe
November 5, 1990)


Portland bishop was Peter Leo Gerety (1969-1974), followed by Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1974-1988). O'Leary was replaced by Joseph John Gerry, O.S.B. (1988-2004).

1990 St. Bruno's Van Buren ME

4/5, 5/6, 5/5, 4/4, 5/8, 4/6, 3/5, 3/4

In residence.


1971 1990 St. Rose Chapel Van Buren ME  

This was a mission of St. Bruno's.

Michaud died November 2, 1990.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1937-1991)

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This assignment record was last updated on September 22, 2010.