Archdiocese of New Orleans
Assigned as follows:
- Madonna Manor (Marrero, LA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Laurdette:
Sister Laurdette was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame order. According to media reports, in 2005, she was one of seven nuns named in lawsuits filed by six men alleging child physical, sexual and psychological abuse in dormitories at night at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled children in Marrero, LA. The suits are based on the plaintiffs’ experiences between the ages of 4 and 14.
Included in one lawsuit were excerpts from a 41-year-old report of a social worker who visited one boy at Madonna Manor in the spring of 1964. She found him covered with welts from a beating by Sister Laurdette. One month later, the social worker again found “extensive bruises” on the boy’s face. The report noted Sister Laurdette “admitted that ‘she let Stacey have it,’ and ‘took Stacey into a room alone for several minutes and beat on him.’ “
Madonna Manor was operated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ charitable arm, formerly called Associated Catholic Charities. The nuns named are either dead, aged and incompetent, or had left the order and could not be located. At least one claim included in almost $5.2million settlement with the Archdiocese in Fall, 2009.
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