Br. Everard J. Booth
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Joined the Jesuit Order: 1934
Assigned as Follows:
- Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
- St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, LA)
- New Orleans Province Provincial Office (New Orleans, LA)
- St. Michael’s College (Batticaloa, Sri Lanka)
- St. Joseph’s College (Trincomalee, Sri Lanka)
- Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau (New Orleans, LA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Everard J. Booth:
In February of 2020, four names were added to a list of members of the Jesuit order suspected of sexual abuse while they worked in a region including Louisiana. One religious brother who was added and worked several years at Jesuit High School in New Orleans was Everard J. Booth. According to the Jesuits, Booth was the subject of “more than one” credible allegation. The list did not specify where the alleged abuse occurred but the estimated timeframe was in the 1960’s. In a separate statement, Jesuit High officials said that the allegations did not involve students or Booth’s work at the school. He also worked for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and was briefly assigned in Sri Lanka for part of his career.
Jesuit High’s statement said that an audit uncovered one allegation against Booth, while a separate victim came forward more recently with another credible claim. The school said the order was keeping details of the allegations confidential at the request of the victims. A statement was made from one of Booth’s accusers and reported that the victim’s family said Booth was at Grand Coteau when the alleged abuse occurred.
Everard J. Booth died in 1986, before any allegations against him were received.
In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations.
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