Assignment Record– Rev. Frederick L. "Fr. Fred" Barr

Summary of Case: Frederick L. Barr was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1976. He worked in parishes in towns across the archdiocese including Somerville, Quincy, Belmont, Wellesley, Townsend, Natick, Cambridge and Watertown. In August 2009 Barr was placed on leave after an allegation emerged that he had sexually assaulted a minor in the late 1980s. His status in August 2015 remains "Administrative Leave; Case in Process."

: 1976


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

6/02/81 St. Clement's Somerville MA

4/4 ,4/5


Parish had a grade school with 465-416 students and a high school with 99-128 boys and 160-185 girls.


Madeiros was succeeded by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

9/10/85 Our Lady of Good Counsel Quincy MA 2/2  
9/10/85 6/26/90 St. Luke's


Accused in 2009 of having sexually abused a child between 1985 and 1990, while he served at St. Luke's.

MA 2/3, 2/2, 1/2  
6/27/90 6/01/96 St. James the Great Wellesley MA 2/3, 2/4, 2/2  
6/2/96 9/23/96 St. John Townsend MA Administrator  
9/24/96 12/10/97 Awaiting Assignment        
1997 1998         Barr is not indexed in the 1998 Directory.
12/2/97 7/10/00 St. Patrick's Natick MA 2/2 Parochial Vicar (Temporary)  


Sean Patrick O' Malley replaced Law as archbishop (2003- ).

10/12/04 Star of the Sea Quincy MA 1/1  
10/25/04 6/20/06 St. Mary of the Annunciation Cambridge MA 1/4, 1/3 Administrator  
6/21/06 12/01/07 Health Leave        
12/01/07 4/01/08 Emergency Response Group   MA    
4/01/08 8/30/09 St. Patrick's Watertown MA 1/2

Parish had a religious education program (number of students not indicated).

Barr was placed on leave in August 30,2009 due to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s.

8/30/09 2015 Administrative Leave; Case in Process       Per the archdiocesan website, accessed August 27, 2015.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1977-2009)

'Father Fred' Gets Warm Reception in Watertown's St. Patrick Parish, By Jillian Fennimore, Watertown TAB & Press, May 16, 2008
Former Natick Priest Faces Child Sexual Assault Allegations, MetroWest Daily News, September 1, 2009
Attorney Says Church Needs to Do More about Recent Sex Allegations, By Dan McDonald, The MetroWest Daily News,
September 2, 2009
Watertown Pastor Placed on Leave, The Pilot, September 4, 2009
Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Child, TheBostonChannel, August 30, 2009
Watertown Priest Faces Sex Abuse Allegation,WBZ, August 30, 2009
Watertown Priest Is Placed on Leave after Abuse Allegation, By Michael Corcoran, Boston Globe, August 31, 2009
Former Parishes React to Watertown Priest Accused of Sexual Assault, By Fred Hanson and Meghann Ackerman, Watertown Tab & Press, August 31, 2009
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
Boston Archdiocese: 15 Accused Priests Had Worked in Somerville Parishes, By Andy Metzger, Wicked Local Somerville, August 30, 2011
Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child,


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This assignment record was last updated on August 27, 2015.