Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph V. Maffei, S.D.B.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Province of St. Philip the Apostle, Joseph Maffei was ordained in 1958. He worked in minor seminaries, retreat houses for youth, and parishes in Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and, for several years, in Montreal, Quebec. He died in 2009. Maffei was accused in a lawsuit filed in 2013 of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy at the Marian Shrine in New Rochelle, New York, in 1978. His accuser also claimed abuse by Maffei's fellow Salesians, Rev. Sean Rooney and Bro. Alan Scheneman. The case was settled, as announced in September 2013.

: 1958
Died: December 29, 2009


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Diocese of Gary

Bishop was Andrew Gregory Grutka (1956-1984).

1967 St. Dominic Savio Juniorate, St. Dominic Savio Retreat House, Camp Salesian for Boys Cedar Lake IN  

The Juniorate was a minor seminary with 9-50 boys.


Archdiocese of Boston

Archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1970 Sacred Heart Juniorate Ipswich MA   This was a vocation retreat house for boys of junior and high school age.


Archdiocese of Montreal

Archbishop was Paul Grégoire (1968-1990).

1972 Eglise St. Domenico Savio Montreal Quebec/Canada    


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1978 Salesian High School New Rochelle NY Treasurer (noted in 1973 Directory) Salesain High School had 585-395 students, all boys.


Archdiocese of Boston

Archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1981 Sacred Heart Retreat House


Maffei was accused in a 2013 lawsuit of having repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old boy. The abuse is said to have occurred at the Marian Shrine in New Rochelle NY. Maffei's alleged victim also claimed in the lawsuit that he was sexually abused by Rev. Sean Rooney, S.D.B., and Bro. Alan Scheneman, S.D.B.

MA Retreat Director

This was a vocation retreat house for boys and girls of junior and senior high school ate.

The case was settled, as announced in September 2013.


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was erence James Cooke (1968-1983), followed by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1984 Our Lady of the Rosary Port Chester NY 2/3 Our Lady of the Rosary had a school with 180-246 students.


Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop was Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986), followed by Theodore Edward McCarrick (1986-2000).

1989 St. Anthony's Elizabeth NJ 3/5, 1/4, 1/6 St. Anthony's had a school with 510-395 students.


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop wasJohn Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1994 Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine West Haverstraw NY finances  


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000), who was succeeded by Edward Michael Egan (2000-2009), then Timothy Dolan (2000-).

2000 Salesian Provincial House New Rochelle NY  

Maffei is not indexed beyond the 2000 Directory.

Maffei died December 29, 2009.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1959-2000)

Boston Lawyer Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Releases New List of Alleged Abusers, By Jay Lindsay, The Republic, September 4, 2013
John Doe vs Father Sean Rooney, S.D.B. et al, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Superior Court, December 16, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on August 4, 2016.


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