Assignment Record– Rev. James P. Robichaud, O.M.I.
Summary of Case: Robichaud was ordained in 1979 for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was working in ME when allegations arose that he had sexually abused a minor girl in or about 1979. Allegations were pending for five months before he was placed on leave June 26, 2008. He committed suicide the same night at the rectory. It is believed he was working at St. Jean-Baptiste Pparish in Lowell, MA when the alleged abuse occurred. He had been in Maine since 2000 and officially became part of Portland Diocese in 2003. Portland refused to pursue an investigation of the allegations after Robichaud's death. In April 2012 Attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced a recent settlement of at least one claim regarding Robichaud.
Died: June 26, 2008
Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1983||St. Jean Baptiste (French)||
• Accused in 2008 of having sexually abused a girl beginning in 1979. (Lowell Sun
2/5 ,6/6, 4/8
Parish had a school with 216-162 students.
Robichaud was a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculata of Massachusetts (o.m.i.)
|1979||1980||St. Joseph the Worker Center||Lowell||MA||This was a mission of St. Jean Baptiste in Lowell.|
Succeeding Medeiros was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
|1993||Ste. Jeanne D'Arc||Lowell||MA||3/5, 2/4, 3/6, 7/7, 6/6||Parish had a school with 428-466 students.|
|1990||1993||Lowell General Hospital||Lowell||MA||Chaplain|
|1993||1994||Robichaud is not indexed in the 1994 Directory.|
|1994||2000||Notre Dame de Lourdes (French)||Lowell||MA||1/1, 1/2||Robichaud left the Oblates of Mary Immaculata of Massachusetts in 2000.|
Portland bishop was Joseph John Gerry, O.S.B. (1988-2004), followed by Richard Joseph Malone (2004- ).
|2007||St. Francis Xavier||Brownville Junction/Dover- Foxcroft/Milo||ME||1/1||
Parish had a religious education program with 21-4 students.
From 2004-2006 the parish worshipped at St. Paul the Apostle.
|2000||2007||St. Thomas||Dover-Foxcroft||ME||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 67-49 students.|
|2005||2007||St. Anne's||Dexter||ME||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 49-47 students.|
|2007||2008||St. Agnes||Pittsfield||ME||1/1||Parish had a school with 49 students, and a religious education program with 19 students.|
|2007||2008||Our Lady of the Snows||Dover-Foxcroft||ME||1/1||
This parish is merged from St. Thomas, St. Anne's and St. Francis Xavier. It had a religious education program with 110 students.
Robichaud was informed on June 26, 2008 that he was to be suspended due to the allegation that he had sexually abused a girl nearly 30 years previously. (USA Today
He died as a result of suicide. Death noted to be June 27, 2008, when a rectory worker found his body, but he is believed to have died the night before. (Kennebec Journal
In April 2012 Attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced that at least one claim regarding Robichaud had been recently settled. (BishopAccountability.org, April 11, 2012)
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1980-2009)
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This assignment record was last updated on November 2, 2015.