Priest and Clergy Sexual Abuse in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Dioceses Where Documented Abuse Occurred

Massachusetts is home to the second highest number of Catholics per capita and Boston has the highest percentage of Catholics amongst all large dioceses across the country. A landmark report appearing in 2002 in The Boston Globe detailed a long history of priests in the Archdiocese of Boston sexually abusing children while church leaders covered up the abuse. The scandal was part of a series of Catholic Church sexual abuse cases and reports across the country but the scale of the abuse and coverup detailed in the Globe’s investigative report, titled “Spotlight Investigation: Abuse in the Catholic Church”, led to widespread media coverage helping expose a long history of abuse and coverup within the Church. Subsequent national and international investigations and allegations revealed the number of victims reached into the several thousands with reported abuse spanning many decades.

Immediately following the report, criminal charges were brought against Boston area priests John Geoghan, John Hanlon, Paul Shanley, Robert V. Gale and Jesuit priest James Talbot with all being convicted and sentenced to prison. Following the report, it was revealed that Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Francis Law had an extensive role in covering up sexual abuse by his priests and he would resign that December. In 2002, the victims of Geoghan received a $10 million settlement from the Boston Archdiocese and in 2003 an additional $85 million was paid to 552 victims to settle lawsuits over church abuse within the Archdiocese. Since then, there have been other high-profile cases with dozens upon dozens of priests accused of sexual abuse within Boston and the other three Massachusetts dioceses of Fall River, Springfield and Worchester.

We have compiled a list of current or former priests who have been sued, suspended following allegations of sexual abuse of minors or have claims against them in the state of Massachusetts. We are actively pursuing cases against Catholic priests and clergy as well as figures from other religious institutions. The list below includes priest, clergy, nuns and religious educators from 4 different Massachusetts dioceses.

Archdiocese of Boston262 Named Priests
Diocese of Fall River30 Named Priests
Diocese of Springfield47 Named Priests
Diocese of Worcester42 Named Priests

Archdiocese of Boston

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • John H. Acres
  • Brother Albert
  • Joseph Angeli
  • John T. Atwater
  • Charles E. Aubut
  • Leonard Bacigalupo
  • Eugene Bailot
  • Gary E. Balcom
  • Frederick L. Barr
  • Robert E. Barrett
  • Richard J. Barry
  • Settimo (or Septimo) Basso
  • Sydney H. Bayers
  • Robert P. Beale
  • Leon F. Beauvais
  • George C. Berthold
  • Joseph E. Birmingham
  • John "Giovanni" Bocciarelli
  • Paul J. Bolduc
  • Barry F. Bossa
  • Clarence R. Boucher
  • Raymond A. Boulanger
  • Xavier Leonard Boulanger (Br. Leonard)
  • Real (Ray) Bourque
  • James E. Braley
  • Philippe Breton
  • Andrew Brizzolara
  • Anthony L. Buchette
  • Myron F. Bullock
  • Richard A. Buntel
  • Robert Burgess
  • Richard J. Butler
  • William L. Butler
  • Joseph F. Byrne
  • George J. Callaghan
  • Alan E. Caparella
  • Michael John Carew
  • John P. Carroll
  • Frederick J. Cartier, Jr.
  • Guido Caverzan
  • John C. Chaisson
  • Edmund P. Charest
  • Joseph K. Coleman
  • Jeremiah J. Collins
  • John K. Connell
  • James E. Connelly
  • Denis A. Conte
  • John M. Cotter
  • Richard T. Coughlin
  • Charles "Charley" G. Coyle
  • Gerard E. Creighton
  • Edmund W. Croke
  • Joseph I. Crowley,
  • Eugenio (Eugene) Cumerlato
  • William J. Cummings
  • Thomas M. Curran
  • Brother Cuthbert
  • Robert F. Daly
  • Sister Agnes Daniels
  • Stephen F. Dawber
  • Fidelis (Francis) DeBerardinis
  • Paul M. Desilets
  • Gerard V. Dever
  • Charles F. Dewey
  • John J. Dewire
  • Mark C. Doherty
  • George Donnelly
  • Thomas D. Donnelly
  • John Francis Dority
  • Ronald Dorsey
  • William J. Duffy
  • John A. Dunn
  • Leo V. Dwyer
  • Frank E. Fairbairn
  • Nolan Farrell
  • Robert D. Fay
  • Robert C. Fichtner
  • Paul J. Finegan
  • John H. Flynn,
  • James J. Foley
  • James D. Foley
  • Thomas P. Forry
  • Michael Smith Foster
  • John Fowler
  • Joseph P. Fratic
  • Ross S. Frey
  • Peter J. Frost
  • Joseph Fugolo
  • Joseph A. Fusoni
  • Robert V. Gale
  • Brian Gallagher
  • John J. Gallagher
  • James E. Gaudreau
  • John J Geoghan
  • Kenneth Ghastin
  • Jerome F. Gillespie
  • Thomas M. Gillespie
  • Randal (James R.) Gillette
  • Joseph Gilpin
  • Louis J. Govoni
  • Daniel M. Graham
  • John E. Guiney
  • Arthur J. Hagan
  • John R. Hanlon
  • William A Hennessy
  • Gerald J. Hickey
  • Paul Hightower
  • Bernard St. Hilaire
  • Edward Anthony Holmes
  • James Barron Holsenbach
  • Paul William Hurley
  • James Hutchinson
  • Raymond L. Hyder
  • Kelvin E Iguabita-Rodriguez
  • Alphonse (Mike) B. Jansonis
  • Harold J. Johnson
  • Richard G. Johnson
  • Donald J. Joyce
  • Peter S Kanchong
  • Charles R. Kane
  • Dominic "John Walter" Karow
  • John F. Keane
  • Dennis A. Keefe
  • Bernard J. Keenan
  • Donald J. Keenan
  • Arnold E. Kelley
  • Edward T. Kelley
  • Joseph F. (W?) Kenney
  • Edward M. Keohan
  • Ricardo (Richard) Kerressey
  • Robert W. Kirchmeyer
  • Robert J. Knapp
  • Michael J. Kossak
  • Leo Labbe
  • Leo P. Landry
  • Bernard J. Lane
  • James H. Lane
  • John J. Lane
  • Anthony J. Laurano
  • Victor C. LaVoie
  • Kenneth A. LeBlanc
  • Charles M. Loeffler
  • Samuel J. Lombard
  • John P. Lyons
  • John M. (Juan)
  • James L. MacGuinness
  • Thomas H. Maguire
  • Paul J. Mahan
  • William F. Maloney
  • Paul F. Manning
  • Sister Mary Mark
  • Jon C. Martin
  • Richard O. Matte
  • Julius Martin Mattingly
  • Benedict Mawn
  • John Kevin McAndrews
  • Mary McAvoy
  • George V. McCabe
  • James T. McDonald
  • Paul E. McDonald
  • Donald J. McGurrin
  • Joseph McInnis
  • James T. McKeon
  • John E. McLaughlin
  • Paul J. McLaughlin
  • Gerard T. McMahon
  • Benjamin J. McMahon, Jr.
  • Francis J. McManus
  • Paul G. McPartland
  • Richard E. McQuade
  • Humberto S. Medeiros
  • Robert V. Meffan
  • F. Dominic Menna
  • Edward Michael
  • Lawrence Joseph Michaud
  • Edwin Modicowitz (Modicourtz)
  • William H. Morgan
  • Paul J. Moriarty
  • Robert H. Morrissette
  • Thomas F. Motherway
  • Jay Michael Mullin
  • Alfred M. Murphy
  • Charles J. Murphy
  • David C. Murphy
  • Kenneth B. Murphy
  • Anthony Ngwumohaike
  • W. James Nyhan
  • Rickard J. O'Donovan
  • Christian Ohazulume
  • Arthur P. O'Leary
  • William V. O'Neill
  • Eugene M. O'Sullivan
  • Lionel P. Ouellette
  • Julian S. Pagacz
  • Joseph A. Papile
  • Ronald H. Paquin
  • Leonard E. Pelletier
  • Varghese Pereppadan
  • Mario Pezzotti
  • John M. Picardi,
  • Raymond C. Plourde
  • Steven W. Poitras
  • Leo E. Pollard
  • James F. Power
  • Raymond A. Prybis
  • Dennis Raeihle
  • Henry Rancourt
  • Redmond H. Raux
  • Anthony J. Rebeiro
  • Brother Regis
  • Joseph P. Reilly
  • Lucien J. Richard
  • Leo Thomas Riley
  • James P. Robichaud
  • Barry Robinson
  • Allan E. Roche
  • Julian Edward Rondeau
  • George J. Rosenkranz
  • George Roulier
  • Frederick J. Ryan
  • Robert Ryer
  • Paul P. Rynne
  • William J. Scanlan
  • Paul R. Shanley
  • James C. Shaughnessey (Shaughnessy)
  • Francis S. Shea
  • William B. Shea
  • George Sheehan
  • Edward F. Sherry
  • D. George Spagnolia
  • Nicholas J. Spagnolo
  • Leonard F. Stanton
  • Andrzej Sujka
  • Eugene P. Sullivan
  • Michael D. Sullivan
  • C. Melvin Surette
  • Czeslaw (Chet) Szymanski
  • Patrick J. Tague
  • James F. Talbot
  • James S. Thompson
  • J. Garrett "Gary" Thomson
  • Paul J. Tivnan
  • Louis Toma
  • Ernest E. Tourigney
  • Robert K. Towner
  • James J. Tully
  • Robert (John) Turnbull (OSA)
  • Andrzej (Andrew) J. Urbaniak
  • Anthony J. Vasaturo
  • Joseph P. Veneto
  • Bro. Michael Walsh
  • John J. Walsh
  • Leonard Thomas Walsh
  • Martin J. Walsh
  • Michael Walsh
  • William M. Walsh
  • Robert A. Ward
  • Joseph L. Welsh
  • John "Jack" J. White
  • Paul White
  • Paul David White
  • James L. Wilson

Diocese of Fall River

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Jose Maria B. Avila
  • H. Stanley Barney
  • Albert Berube
  • Norman J. Boulet
  • Donald J. Bowen
  • Paul Connolly
  • John P. Cronin
  • Alexander (Alejandro) Delgado
  • Arthur T. DeMello
  • Stephen A. Fernandes
  • Bento R. Fraga
  • Stephen R. Furtado
  • Rene Gaudin
  • Hernando Herrera
  • Phillip Higgins
  • Robert S. Kaszynski
  • David J. Landry
  • Maurice T. Lebel
  • Raymond W. McCarthy
  • Joseph McQuire (McGuire)
  • Donald E. Messier
  • James E. Murphy
  • James R. Nickel
  • Thomas E. O'Dea
  • James R Porter
  • Edward A. Rausch
  • Raymond A. Robillard
  • Gilbert Simoes
  • Maurice Souza
  • Kevin F. Tripp

Diocese of Springfield

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Paul J. Archambault
  • Gerald Beauregard
  • George A. Berthiaume
  • Albert J. Blanchard
  • John J. Bonzagni
  • Paul T. Boudreau
  • Donald A. Desilets
  • Michael H. Devlin
  • Frederick G. Dion
  • Bernard L. Doheny
  • Eugene Dranka
  • Donald V. Dube
  • Thomas L. Dupre (Bp.)
  • David M. Farland
  • Joseph E. Flood
  • Joseph Clarence W. Forand
  • Oscar Gatineau
  • Lawrence Gauthier
  • Alfred C. Graves
  • Ernest Karl Huller
  • Joseph Roy Jenness
  • Vernon Kelly
  • Edward M. Kennedy
  • John A. Koonz
  • Francis P. Lavelle
  • Richard R. Lavigne
  • Timothy J. Leary
  • Ronald Malboeuf
  • James A. Martone
  • Thomas McCarthy
  • John D. McNamara
  • Richard F. Meehan
  • James P. Menge
  • Thomas J. O'Connor
  • Richard O'Hearn
  • Thomas F. O'Malley
  • John R. Russell
  • Michael Sabotor
  • John Scanlon
  • Charles Joseph Sgueglia
  • James A. Sipitkowski
  • Charles J. Sullivan
  • Mary Jane Vidnansky
  • James T. Walsh
  • Ronald E. Wamsher
  • David P. Welch
  • Christopher J. Weldon (Bp)

Diocese of Worcester

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Antonio F. Antonucci
  • Brion T. Ares
  • John J. Bagley
  • Henry S. Banach
  • Lee F. Bartlett
  • Robert Beaulac
  • Andre M. Bernard
  • David L. Blizard
  • Gerard L. Branconnier
  • Richard J. Carelli
  • Michael L. Carney
  • Joseph Chu Cong
  • Joseph A. Coonan
  • Chester J. Devlin
  • Paul J. Doherty
  • Lowe B. Dongor
  • Joseph A. Fredette
  • Jean-Paul Gagnon
  • Timothy J. Harrington (Bp)
  • David A. Holley
  • Peter J. Inzerillo
  • Norman R. Jalbert
  • Thomas A. Kane
  • Thaddeus (Ted) J. Kardas
  • Robert E Kelley
  • Louis Laperle
  • Edward P. Lettic
  • Joseph M. Martin, (M.I.C.M.)
  • Raymond P. Messier
  • Edward Nicewicz
  • Brendan W. O'Donoghue
  • Leo J. O'Neil
  • Raymond J. Page
  • Ronald D. Provost
  • Donald J. Rebokus
  • Bernard R. Reilley
  • George E. Rueger (Bp)
  • Robert A. Shauris
  • Justin Steponaitis
  • John J. Szantyr
  • Thomas H. Teczar
  • Gerard P. Walsh


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