BROTHER LAURENCE HUGHES

HEAD OF THE DE LA SALLE BROTHERS IN THE UK AND IRELAND

https://www.delasalle.org.au/blog/district-of-ireland—appointment-of-visitor
Bro Laurence Hughes pictured front row, far right, from a photo of St Joseph’s College teaching staff in the 1980s

I recently posted a school photo of St Joseph’s College Ipswich, from the 1980s. As I’ve said previously, three Old Boys (myself and two others) have identified a total of five abusers in the photo above. 

In fact there were six abusers in this era if one includes the infamous Mike Mercado (not present).

This seems a considerable number of abusers for any one group of teachers and has disturbing implications which I have previously written about.

An Old Boy then advised me as follows:

‘Brother Laurence Hughes (on the extreme right of the photo) is now head of the De La Salle Brothers in the UK and has made statements at various abuse enquiries. He must have at the very least been aware of abuse at St Joseph’s.’

So I looked Brother Laurence up and saw that he has spoken out strongly against child abuse.

Here are two examples. The second quote refers to the notorious Brother James Carragher, surely one of the most evil men to have ever joined the De La Salle Order.

EXAMPLE ONE (from The Scotsman)

‘Brother Laurence Hughes, head of the De La Salle Brothers in Great Britain and Ireland, told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he would have expected other members of staff to have known what was going on.

‘Br Hughes said he had already met with survivors abused by the congregation in Northern Ireland and was prepared to do so in Scotland.’

EXAMPLE TWO (from an ITV News report)

‘Carragher is a former member of the De La Salle Brotherhood.

The group released the following statement.

“We totally condemn, without reservation, any action or behaviour which harms young people. The behaviour of James Carragher was a deep betrayal of the Order’s mission to the young and of the trust that was placed in him as a De La Salle Brother. He was dismissed from the Order following previous conviction.

Brother Laurence Hughes, De La Salle Brothers

……………………………………….

A different Old Boy from St Joseph’s in the mid-1980s recognised Brother Laurence in the school photo and had this to say:

‘Brother Laurence. An absolute psycho who assaulted a couple of boys in my second form dorm. He asked to see me once after lights out so I combated it by turning into an objectionable little bastard and he then kept away.’

I asked this Old Boy for permission to quote him anonymously which he gave me.

He then added:

‘This is the dude who would invite 11 year olds into his study after lights out. He bandaged my foot once after a rugby injury and was creepy as fuck.’

Other Old Boys from St Joseph’s may wish to share their recollections of Brother Laurence Hughes in the comments here. Or you can email me in the strictest confidence at pat@millsverse.com.

As you can see from the foregoing, anything you wish to say will be kept strictly anonymous and your privacy respected.

It’s also worth adding that the current St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, has had nothing to say on the huge number of testimonies on this site of child abuse at St Joseph’s in past eras.

The crimes took place before their time but the current school still maintains many proud links with its past, whilst ignoring the endless cases of past abuse. This is certainly a cause of pain for me as a survivor and doubtless many other survivors. 

The testimonies prove beyond any reasonable doubt that serious offences took place in the 1960s to 1980s. Often they are related by different Old Boys in different eras yet describing recognizable modus operandi of the same clerical abusers.

5 thoughts on “BROTHER LAURENCE HUGHES

  1. I remember Brother Laurence Hughes very well indeed from when he taught at St John’s College in Southsea in the 1970’s (he left there to go to St Joseph’s). He loved being violent and not a week would pass without him slippering several boys with a hard soled slipper. His swing was mighty and hard. Sometimes he would have 5 or 6 boys lined up in a row. He clearly got off on it. I was also caned by him. He usually did this in his boarding house (Woodleigh), in the front lounge in front of the whole boarding house (around 38-40 boys). Sometimes he would take the boys into Woodleigh Annexe (a classroom joined onto Woodleigh House) and do it in a private session! You could see the rush that he got when he caned boys. You could see the euphoria in his face. It definitely gave him a buzz!

  2. Brother Laurence Hughes , He should leave the order and retire . I am a old boy from St Joseph’s Ipswich. He beat a boy around the head at the swimming pool & gave him six of the best with the slipper. He is a sadist. I know the boys name , I watched what happened to him . This is 43 years later.

    • I remember Brother Laurence Hughes very well indeed from when he taught at St John’s College in Southsea in the 1970’s (he left there to go to St Joseph’s). He loved being violent and not a week would pass without him slippering several boys with a hard soled slipper. His swing was mighty and hard. Sometimes he would have 5 or 6 boys lined up in a row. He clearly got off on it. I was also caned by him. He usually did this in his boarding house (Woodleigh), in the front lounge in front of the whole boarding house (around 38-40 boys). Sometimes he would take the boys into Woodleigh Annexe (a classroom joined onto Woodleigh House) and do it in a private session! You could see the rush that he got when he caned boys. You could see the euphoria in his face. It definitely gave him a buzz!

      • Thanks so much, Paul, for your recollections. I will pass on to Jo Norman jnorman0511@gmail.com who is looking into this on behalf of Catholic Safeguarding. If you wanted to pass the info to her as well, she might have some follow-ups she’d like to ask.

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