Msgr. Howard Hotard

| Jun 8, 2020 | Abuser Profiles

Msgr. Howard Hotard

Archdiocese of New Orleans 

Ordained: 1955

Removed: 2002 

Died: 2013


Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Slidell, LA)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Lacombe, LA)
  • St. Catherine of Siena (Metairie, LA)
  • St. Charles Borromeo (Destrehan, LA)
  • St. Mary Pamela (Raceland, LA)
  • St. Matthias (New Orleans, LA)


Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Howard Hotard:

Monsignor Howard Hotard was first named publicly as accused of sexual misconduct with a minor on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ 2018 list of credibly accused clergy members. The list notes that the allegation against Hotard was received in 1995 of abuse that occurred in the early 1980s. Although the list does not state where the alleged abuse occurred, Monsignor Hotard was the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Slidell for almost 32 years. 

Howard Hotard was removed from ministry in 2002 and died in July of 2013. 

No further information has been released by the Archdiocese of New Orleans about the number of victims who have come forward with allegations against Howard Hotard, or the type of sexual misconduct that was reported in 1995. 

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. 


Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to [email protected]