Assignment Record– Rev. Bernard St. Hilaire
Summary of Case: Bernard St. Hilaire was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1951. He worked in parishes in Marlboro, Lowell, Lynn, Beverly, Salem, Middleboro and in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood. He went on health leave in December 1968 and died in July 1977. St. Hilaire is said to have sexually abused convicted pedophile priest, Ronald Paquin, beginning when Paquin was a teenager and lasting "many, many years." A victim of Paquin reported that he was also abused by St. Hilaire.
Died: July 12, 1977
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|10/11/53||St. Louis (French)||
• Convicted pedophile priest, Ronald Paquin told archdiocesan officials in the 1990s that St. Hilaire sexually abused him when beginning when Paquin was a teen. Paquin told news reporters in 2002 that the abuse by St. Hilaire "lasted many, many years." A Paquin victim told the archdiocese that Paquin said he and St. Hilaire shared a bed for thirty years. (Boston Herald
Parish had a grade school with 406-408 boys and 427-378 girls, and a high school with 56-74 girls.
Paquin pleaded guilty to child rape in December 2002 and was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison.
|10/12/53||2/15/60||St. John the Baptist||Lynn||MA||4/4, 3/4||Parish had a grade school with 227-266 boys and 186-223 boys, and a high school with 58-78 boys and 60-124 girls.|
|2/16/60||2/12/62||St. Alphonse's (French)||Beverly||MA||2/2|
|2/13/62||3/23/66||St. Anne's (French)||Salem||MA||3/3, 2/3||Parish had a school with 199-187 boys and 214-176 girls.|
|1/09/68||11/30/68||St. Angela's||Boston (Mattapan)||MA||3/4||
Parish had a school with 187-179 boys and 171-156 girls.
St. Hilaire is indexed in the 1969 Directory as at St. Angela's, but is not listed there in the Boston archdiocesan pages.
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
• A victim of Paquin was also repeatedly sexually abused by St. Hilaire, per a 2004 settlement. (Boston Herald
St. Hilaire died July 12, 1977
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1952-1978); Hilaire Assignment Record, Archdiocese of Boston
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