Assignment Record– Rev. Leonard E. Pelletier

Summary of Case: Leonard Pelletier was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1969. He assisted in Winchester and Lynn parishes before being made pastor of a parish in Lowell in the 1990s. Pelletier was removed from active ministry in September 2002 after an accusation emerged that he had abused a child more that 20 years previously. His status in October 2015 remains "Administrative Leave; Case in Process."

Born: 1943
Ordained: 1969


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
6/04/69 9/22/75 Immaculate Conception Winchester MA 3/3, 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school until 1973 with 130-89 boys and 117-102 girls.
9/23/75 5/10/93 St. Joseph's


An accusation of sexual abuse of a minor was made against Pelletier in 2002. The abuse is said to have occurred "more than 20 years" previously. No other details have been made public. (Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA)
September 10, 2002)

MA 2/4, 2/3, 2/2  
5/11/93 9/02 St. Louis de France (French) Lowell MA 1/2, 1/1

Parish had a school with 275 students.

Pelletier was suspended from ministry in September 2002. (Boston Globe
September 10, 2002)

Pelletier is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.

9/02   Administrative Leave       Pelletier's status in October 2015 is "Administrative Leave; Case in Process."

Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-2004); Pelletier Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston

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This assignment record was last updated on October 29, 2015.