Br. Lawrence Robert Christensen: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Br. Lawrence Robert Christensen

  • 1961: Joined the Irish Christian Brothers
  • 1961-1965: Novitiate, West Park, NY and student at Iona College
  • 1966: Brisco Memorial School, Seattle, WA
  • 1967: Leo High School, Chicago, IL
  • 1968: Final vows
  • 1974-1983: Damien Memorial High School, Honolulu, HI
  • 1984: O’Dea High School, Seattle, WA
  • 1985-1986: St. John’s Indian Mission in Arizona
  • 1987: Br. Rice High School, Chicago, IL
  • 1988: St. Laurence High School, Chicago, IL
  • 1989-1994: Damien Memorial High School, Honolulu, HI
  • 1998: Leaves the priesthood

Notes: Br. Lawrence R. Christenson joined the Christian Brothers in 1961. Br. Christensen’s sexual violence and temper were uncontrollable and widely known. During his tenure at Damien, Br. Christensen tortured and sexually abused at least one boy and was known to walk around campus punching students. He returned to Damien in 1989 and was finally removed from the school in 1994. In 2014, a civil lawsuit was filed in Hawaii, alleging physical torture and sexual abuse by Br. Christensen while he worked at Damien in the 1970s. Br. Christensen filed bankruptcy in response to the lawsuit. As of 2014, Br. Christensen was residing in Hawaii doing maintenance work.