Assignment Record– Rev. Lucien J. Richard, O.M.I.
Summary of Case: A priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ordained in 1954, Richard began his career in Rome Italy until 1960, when he settled into work as a professor of theology and philosophy in the Boston archdiocese. In a lawsuit filed in November 2005, Richard was accused of having "sexually, physically and emotionally abused" his twin daughters during their childhoods. The girls, born in 1985, were the result of an "affair" he had had with a Weston Jesuit School of Theology student while he was a teacher there. Richard acknowledged being the girls' father, but denied abusing them. Per the lawsuit, Richard's Order was told when the girls were young of his paternity and of the alleged abuse. He was kept in ministry.
|1954||1960||Rome||Italy||Richard is indexed in the 1955-1960 Directories at 5 Vittorino da Feitre, Rome.|
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1973||Oblate College and Seminary||Natick||MA|
Medeiros was succeeded by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
|1995||Oblate House of Studies||
• Richard was accused in a November 2005 lawsuit of negligence and sexual, physical and emotional abuse of his daughters during their childhoods. The suit claimed that Richard failed to acknowledge or support the girls, and that the order knew of their existence and of his abuse of them.
|MA||Richard had an "affair" with a college student, beginning in 1978, which resulted in the birth of twin girls in 1985. The mother says she became pregnant twice prior to the girls' births, and had two abortions, at Richard's urging. The Oblates were informed "early on" about Richard's daughters.|
|1970s||1980s||Weston Jesuit School of Theology||Cambridge||MA||professor, academic advisor, counselor|
Manchester bishop was Leo Edward O'Neil (1990-1997).
|1996||Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate||Hudson||NH||This was the Provincial House of the Northern U.S. Province. Richard is indexed twice in the 1996 Directory: in Hudson, NH and in Lowell, MA.|
Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. (2002-).
|2006||Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate||
|MA||Richard is not indexed beyond the 2006 Directory.|
|1995||2005||Boston University||Boston||MA||professor of philosophy and theology||Richard was last known in 2005, at age 73, to be planning to retire at the end of the year.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-2006)
• Two Women Sue Their Priest Father, Boston.com [Lowell MA], November 26, 2005
• Priest: I Fathered Twins, but I Didn't Abuse Them, By Lisa Redmond, Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA), November 26, 2005
• Children of Boston U. Professor File Complaint of Abuse, By Matt Negrin, University Wire, December 2, 2005
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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 11, 2010.