Assignment Record– Rev. Steven W. Poitras

Summary of Case: Poitras was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1993. He assisted at parishes in North Andover, Somerville and Hudson MA. Poitras was placed on administrative leave in November 2006 due to an accusation that he had sexually abused a minor in 1994.

Born: 1966
Ordained: 1993


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

3/29/95 St. Michael's

North Andover

Poitras was accused in 2006 of having sexually abused a minor in 1994. (Boston Globe [Hudson MA]
November 28, 2006)

MA 2/2 Parish had a school with 153 students.
3/30/95 12/31/95 Health Leave        
1/01/96 6/04/01 St. Ann's Somerville MA 3/3, 2/2, 2/4, 2/3 Parish had a school with 235 students.


Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.
(2003- ).


St. Michael's

Hudson MA 3/3, 2/2, 2/3

Parish had a grade school with 119-201 students, a high school with 201 students, and a religious education program with 721 students.

Poitras is not indexed in the Directories after 2006.

Poitras was placed on administrative leave in November 2006 due to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in 1994. (Archdiocese of Boston
November 27, 2006)

11/22/06   Administrative Leave       Poitras remains on leave and his case is "in process" in October 2015.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1994-2006 ); Poitras Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston

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

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