Assignment Record– Rev. Leonard F. Stanton

Summary of Case: Leonard F. Stanton was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1943. He worked in parishes in Abington and Malden before transferring in 1946 to the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD. His career in SD included pastoring and administering a number of parishes, positions on the Diocesan Tribunal and Diocesan Coordinator of Religious Education. He was also longtime Director of the Catholic Boy Scouts. Stanton retired to San Diego, CA in 1990 and returned to SD in 1995, where he died April 3, 1997. Stanton was accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed in Boston in 2002.

Born: July 17, 1916
: January 6, 1943
Died: April 3, 1997


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).

1944 St. Bridget's Abington MA 2/2  
1944 1946 St. Joseph's Malden MA 2/2 Parish had a school with 201-197 boys and 151-140 girls.


Sioux Falls bishop was William Otterwell Brady (1939-1956).

1947 Little Flower of Jesus Sioux Falls SD 2/2  
1947 1949 St. Mary's Bryant SD



1947 1949 St. James Willow Lake SD   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Sioux Falls.
1947 1949 St. John's Vienna SD   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Sioux Falls.


Brady was succeeded by Lambert Anthony Hoch (1956-1978).

1958 St. John the Baptist Lesterville SD



1949 1958 St. Agnes Sigel SD   This was a mission of St. John the Baptist in Lesterville.
1956 1970 Catholic Boy Scouts   SD Diocesan Director  
1958 1965 St. Bernard's Redfield SD 1/1  
1960 1979 Diocesan Tribunal   SD Judices Pro-Synodal  
1965 1969 St. Agnes Vermillion SD 1/1, 1/2 Parish had a school with 211-164 students.
1965 1969 St. Mary's Garyowen SD   This was a mission of St. Agnes in Vermillion.
1970 1972 Diocesan Religious Education Sioux Falls SD Coordinator  


Paul Vincent Dudley followed Hoch as Sioux Falls bishop (1978-1995).

1986 Immaculate Conception Watertown SD 1/2 Parish had a school with 290-191 students.
1986 1990 Holy Name Watertown SD


In residence.

1990 1995 Retired San Diego CA   Stanton's address was 14767 Caminito Orense Este.


Robert James Carlson replaced Dudley (1995-2004).


1997 Retired Watertown SD  

Stanton lived during this time at Benet Place Independent Senior Apartments and Assisted Living. He died April 3, 1997. He was accused in a 2002 lawsuit against the Boston archdiocese of child sexual abuse. (USA Today
November 11, 2002)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1943-1997)

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This assignment record was last updated on November 3, 2015.

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