Msgr. Louis LeBourgeois – Archdiocese of New Orleans

On Behalf of | May 17, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Monsignor Louis LeBourgeois

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1961

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Charles Borromeo (Destrehan, LA)
  • St. Matthew the Apostle (River Ridge, LA)
  • St. Agnes (Jefferson, LA)
  • St. Peter Church (Reserve, LA)
  • St. Christopher the Martyr (Metairie, LA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Louis LeBourgeois:

Monsignor Louis LeBourgeois served in multiple parishes throughout his career. He was the state spiritual director of the Catholic Knights of America and served as chaplain of the Jefferson Parish Fire Department. In July 1988, he was awarded the Prelate of Honor, signaling his ascension to the position of monsignor. He retired in 1990.

According to media reports, in November 2018, a woman reported to law enforcement authorities that Monsignor LeBourgeois sexually abused her when she was four years old in 1968, while was assigned to St. Matthew the Apostle Church in River Ridge. The New Orleans District Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reportedly told her the statute of limitations had expired. 

The woman, daughter of a famed linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, said Monsignor LeBourgeois picked her up at her preschool and sexually abused her in his car. She said she remembered him stopping at a stop sign and waving to someone working in a front yard garden. He eventually exposed himself and made her put her mouth on his penis. 

“I’m God in man form. … I’m only doing to you what other men will do to you in the future, only I’m doing it first,” Monsignor LeBourgeois told her, as she cried. 

Before she got out of the car when they finally arrived at her home, she said he told her, “If you tell anyone, God is going to send you to hell. If you tell your mother or father, they won’t believe you.”

In August 2014, the alleged victim told the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where she was then living, who referred the case to New Orleans. Monsignor LeBourgeois was confronted, but denied the abuse. Shortly after, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He went into a coma and died three months later in July 2015, before the church Review Board had seen the case.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans paid for the woman’s therapy, but did not include Monsignor LeBourgeois’ name on its November 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2019, she filed a civil suit. 

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