Assignment Record– Rev. Richard J. Butler
Summary of Case: Richard J. Butler was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1962. He went on to an assist at parishes in Foxboro, Cambridge, Sharon and Rockland, and was Pastor or Administrator for parishes in Cambridge, Lexington, Brookline, Norwood, Stow and Melrose. He also served as a hospital and high school chaplain. Butler was a liturgical scholar who, for three years in the 1970s, was Director of the Center for Pastoral Liturgy at Catholic University in Washington DC. In the Boston archdiocese he held leadership positions on the Liturgical Commission, Office for Worship and the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. He served on a number of community boards as well. Butler retired in 2006 and died September 30, 2012. His name was included on Attorney Garabedian's list March 28, 2016 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. He allegedly abused a child while assigned to Blessed Sacrament in Cambridge MA 1967-68.
Born: May 8, 1936
Ordained: February 2, 1962
Retired: June 30, 2006
Died: September 30, 2012
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|1962||1966||Foxboro State Hospital||Foxboro||MA||This was a station of St. Mary's.|
|1967||1970||National Liturgical Conference||board member|
• Butler was accused in a lawsuit settled in June 2015 of sexually abusing a child while assigned to Blessed Sacrament 1967-68.
|MA||3/3, 2/3||Blessed Sacrament had a school with 196-150 boys and 196-148 girls.|
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1975||Our Lady of Sorrows||Sharon||MA||2/2, 2/3|
|Boston Liturgical Commission||Boston||MA||
Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).
|1996||The Pilot||Boston||MA||Columnist||The Pilot is Boston's archdiocesan newspaper.|
|1975||1978||Catholic University: Center for Pastoral Liturgy||Washington||DC||Director|
|1978||1982||Archbishop Williams High School||Braintree||MA||Chaplain||Archbishop Williams High had 410-385 boys and 471-482 girls.|
|Sts. Peter and Paul||South Boston||MA||In residence.||This assignment is per Butler's obituary.|
|1982||1985||Holy Family||Rockland||MA||2/4||Holy Family had a school with 339-324 students.|
|1985||1989||Immaculate Conception||Cambridge||MA||1/3||Immaculate Conception had a school until 1986 with 140 students.|
|1985||1990||Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions||board member|
|1989||1989||Office for Worship||Boston||MA||Interim Director|
|1989||1994||Sacred Heart||Lexington||MA||1/1, 1/2|
|1994||1996||Office of the Permanent Dioconate||Boston||MA||Director|
|1996||1999||St. Timothy's||Norwood||MA||1/3, 1/4|
Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap. succeeded Law (2003-).
|Incarnation||Melrose||MA||Administrator||Per his obituary, Butler served briefly here in his retirement.|
|Brookline||MA||Administrator||St. Mary's had a school with 228 students and a religious education program with 208 students.|
|2011||2012||Regina Cleri||Boston||MA||Butler moved to this residence for retired priest in April 2011.
September 30, 2012.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons 1963-2013)
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.