Assignment Record – Rev. Leo James "Jim" Michaud
Portland bishop was Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1974-1988).
• Michaud was accused in April 2002 of having sexually abused a teen boy, ages 16-19, in Maine about 25 years previously. Michaud was a seminarian when the abuse is said to have begun, and a priest for a month or so when it ended.
|ME||seminarian||Michaud was a seminarian at Catholic University in Washington, DC. He also spent time at Holy Rosary.|
|1977||1978||Holy Family||Lewiston||ME||3/4||Holy Family had a religious education program.|
|1978||1982||St. Augustine's||Augusta||ME||3/3||St. Augustine's had a school with 253-280 students.|
|1982||1986||St. Joseph's||Biddeford||ME||3/4||St. Joseph's had a school with 393-300 students.|
O'Leary was succeeded by Joseph P. Gerry, o.s.b. (1988-2004).
|1995||St. Ann's Indian Island Church||Old Town||ME||1/1||The Directories show a religious education program at St. Ann's beginning in 1992, with 152-130 students.|
|1995||1996||MIchaud is not indexed in the 1996 Directory.|
|1996||2002||St. Joseph's||Ellsworth||ME||1/1||St. Joseph's had a religious education program with 175-102 students.|
|1996||2002||Our Lady of the Lake||Green Lake||ME||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Ellsworth.|
|1996||2002||St. Margaret's||Winter Harbor||ME||
This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Ellsworth.
Michaud was removed from ministry in April 2002 after an accusation surfaced that he sexually abused a teen boy in the 1970s.
|2002||2003||Michaud is not indexed in the 2003 Directory.|
Richard Joseph Malone succeeded Gerry as Portland bishop (2004-2013).
|2012||Special or Other Diocesan Assignment||Ellsworth||ME||
Michaud is indexed in the 2004-2012 Directories as James L. Michaud, '77.
In 2007 the Bishop Malone stated there was "no proof" Michaud abused a minor, but that he should not be in public ministry due to "other misconduct".
|Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1978-2012)
• Diocese Removes Another Priest, The Rev. Leo James Michaud of St. Joseph's Parish in Ellsworth Becomes the Third Maine Priest to Be Removed by Bishop Gerry in the Wake of Sexual-Abuse Allegations, By David Connerty, Portland Press Herald (Maine), April 28, 2002
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This assignment record was last updated on April 27, 2014.