Assignment Record– Rev. Leo P. Landry

Summary of Case: A former Stigmatine priest, Landry is accused of sexually abusing boys throughout his priesthood in Massachusetts, Canada, Virginia and New Hampshire. The abuse occurred in rectories, camps, on recreational outings, and at an apartment Landry rented with another priest. Landry left the priesthood and married in 1972. He pleaded guilty in 2004 to abusing boys in the 1950s in Massachusetts and was sentenced to lifetime of probation.

Ordained
: 1958

   

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1958

Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

  Sacred Heart Waltham MA    
1958 1959 Elm Bank

Wellesley

In 2002 a man said he had been molested by Landry as a 13 year old high school student at Elm Bank in 1958-1959. A number of men have accused Landry and other Stigmatines of sexual abuse when they were students in the minor seminary. (Boston Globe
August 10, 2002)

MA 2/2 This was the Stigmatine Fathers' Juniorate. There were 13 priests, 4 brothers, 7 college students, and 20 high school students.

Summer 1959

Sault St. Marie bishop was Alexander Carter (1958-1985).

Dec. 1959  

Sault St. Marie

Accused in 1959 of molesting a 13 or 14 year old boy here. Landry was removed from a parish in December 1959. (NH D.A.'s report on Manchester diocese 3-3-03)

Ontario Canada    
May 1960 Aug. 1960 Sacred Heart Waltham MA    

Aug. 1960

Springfield bishop was Christopher Joseph Weldon (1950-1977).

June 1961 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Pittsfield MA 5/5 Parish had a school with 121 boys and 128 girls.
1960 1962

St. Anthony's

Agawam

Landry admitted to sexually abusing "4 or 5 minors" while at this parish, including abuse at a nearby summer camp. (NH D.A.'s report on Manchester diocese 3-3-03)

MA   The parish is not listed in the Springfield diocesan pages, but Landry is indexed at its address (108 Bridge St., North Agawam).

Jan. 1962

Timmons bishop was Maxine Tessier (1955-1971).

   

Timmons (South Porcupine)

Landry admitted to molesting a 14 year old boy here. (NH D.A.'s report on Manchester diocese 3-3-03)

Ontario Canada   While in South Porcupine, Stigmatine Fr. Egan confronted Landry with "rumors" about Landry's sexual misconduct with boys, and recommended Landry see a Boston University psychiatrist. Landry had around three sessions, and has stated he spoke openly with the psychiatrist about his sexual conduct with boys.

July 1962

Richmond bishop was John Joyce Russell (1958-1973).

1963 Our Lady of Angels

Woodbridge

Admitted to "masturbating" a 14 or 15 year old boy in the rectory of this parish. Landry would confess his behavior to priests at local monasteries during this time. (NH D.A.'s report on Manchester diocese 3-3-03)

VA 2/2  
    Camp Elm Bank

Wellesley

Archdiocesan files released in 2002 show that Landry was accused of fondling a 14 year old boy at Camp Elm Bank in 1964. (Boston Globe
December 17, 2002)

MA    
Aug. 1963 1965   Timmons Ontario Canada   Address given is 296 Cedar St.
1965     Sault St. Marie Ontario Canada  

Address given is 222 Albert St. E.

Landry decided to leave the Stigmatine order in 1965. He was "exclaustrated ad experimentum" by the Stigmatines (placed on leave of absence) to the diocese of Manchester NH.

Summer 1965

Manchester bishop was Ernest John Primeau (1959-1974).

  St. Joseph's Lincoln NH Filled in for the pastor who was away.  
Fall 1965 Jan. 1966 St. Joseph's Laconia NH Filled in for a pastor who was having surgery.  

1966

 

  Holy Trinity

Somersworth

Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of molesting a 12-13 year old boy at Holy Trinity in 1966-1967. (Manchester Union Leader
July 30, 2002)

Another man reported to the NH A.G. in 2002 that Landry sexually assaulted him in the parish rectory from 1966-1968, when the man was 13-16 years old. (NH D.A.'s report on Manchester diocese 3-3-03)

NH   Bishop Primeau confronted Landry in 1966 after being told by a woman that Landry was "touching" her son, and Landry admitted it was true. Per Landry, Primeau told him not to do it again, and to stay away from the boy. Landry continued to see the boy, and other boys from Somersworth after he was transferred to another parish. He continued through subsequent parish assignments unmonitored, and overseeing altar boys.

1966

 

1969 St. Anne's

Manchester

In Oct. 1967 a boy told his parents that Landry was sexually abusing him. The parents went to Bishop Primeau, who apologized and promised to put Landry in an assignment where he would not be around children. (NH D.A.'s report on Manchester diocese 3-3-03)
Landry admitted in 2002 to having had continued sexual contact with boys while at this parish. (Union Leader
March 4, 2003) Landry was asked by the pastor to train the altar boys, and Landry expressed pride in what a good job this "special crew" did.

NH 3/3, 2/3 Parish had a school with 142-135 boys and 129-130 girls.
1969 1970 St. Kieran

Berlin

Landry was named in a 2002 lawsuit as having sexually assaulted a boy, age 13-14, in 1969-1970. The boy was a St. Kieran's altar server. (Manchester (NH) Union Leader
September 6, 2002)

Investigators in 2002 interviewed three more alleged victims from this parish. (Union Leader
March 4, 2003)

NH 3/3 Parish had a school with 242 boys and 236 girls.
1970    

Lebanon

Landry admitted in 2002 to an allegation that he had touched a male student's "pants".

MA Teacher Landry went on a leave of absence from the Manchester diocese. After the accusation at the school, he told the principal he was called back to the Stigmatines

1970

Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1971 Stigmatine Fathers' Provincial House Waltham MA  

Landry returned to the Waltham for a short while, and was granted a leave of absence in 1971.

1971 1972 Leave of Absence   NH  

Landry left the priesthood altogether in 1972 and got married. (Union Leader
March 4, 2003) He taught in NH at New Hampton School 1971-1974, Spaulding High School in Rochester NH until 1994, then St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester NH. In 2003 he was living in Rochester NH.

Landry pleaded guilty in 2004 to sexually abusing two Massachusetts boys in the late 1950s. He was sentenced to a lifetime of probation. In 2004 he was living in Colorado. (TheWMURChannel.comAugust 5, 2004)


Source
: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1959-1972)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record collates Landry's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 9, 2010.

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