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
Ordained: January 6, 1943
Died: April 3, 1997
Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).
|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. 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|
|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.|
|1990||1995||Retired||San Diego||CA||Stanton's address was 14767 Caminito Orense Este.|
Robert James Carlson replaced Dudley (1995-2004).
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
Source: 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.