Assignment Record– Rev. Sydney H. Bayers
Summary of Case: Sydney Bayers was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1937. He was assigned to parishes in East Boston, Brookline, Brockton, Bellingham and Cambridge before going on sick leave in 1970. He died in 1979. Bayers was accused by three sisters in 1994 of having abused them when they were young girls in the 1970s, while their father was terminally ill. Another accusation surfaced in 1996 that Bayers sexually and physically abused a young boy during the 1950s when the boy's father was ill; Bayers is said to have "practically lived with" the family after the father's death in 1960.
Died: March 23, 1979
Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), replaced by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
||Most Holy Redeemer
|| East Boston
3/3 , 3/4
|Most Holy Redeemer had a school with 130-220 boys and 306-131 girls. The parish was affiliated with Fitton High School beginning in 1940. It had 179-240 students, all girls.
• A man reported to the Boston archdiocese in 1996 that he had been sexually and physically abused by Bayers for years, when he was a child. Bayers visited often when the boy's father was ill. After the father died in 1960, Bayers "practically lived with" the family, and Bayers began to sexually abuse the boy.
||St. Edward's had a school with 38-321 boys and 40-285 girls.
Cushing was replaced by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
||Blessed Sacrament had a school with 151-150 boys and 167-148 girls.
• In 1994 three sisters reported to the archdiocese that Bayers sexually abused them in the 1970s, when they were young girls, and their father was dying.
||Bayers died March 23, 1979.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York:
Kenedy & Sons, 1938-1980).
• Docs produced by Boston Archdiocese: Notes re 1994 Meeting with Mother & Sisters
• Docs produced by Boston Archdiocese: Memo in 1996 on Meeting with Brother
• Docs produced by Boston Archdiocese: Letter from Brother in 2002
• Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
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This assignment record was last updated August 31, 2015.