Assignment Record– Rev. Guido Caverzan, C.S.

Summaryof Case: In 1977 two East Boston families reported to Caverzan's order, the Scalabrinians, that Caverzan had molested their two sons, as well as a third boy. In 2004 a man came forward with accuasations that Caverzan had sexually abused him when he was an altar boy, aged 10-12, in New York in the 1960s. There are known to be at least two more accusers. Caverzan died in 1994.

Ordained: 1950
Died: September 24, 1998

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1950 1951 ? ? ?  


Syracuse bishop was Walter Andrew Foery (1937-1970).

1953 St. Peter's (Italian) Syracuse
NY 3/3  
1953 1964 St. Mary of Mt. Carmel (Italian) Utica
NY 3/3,2/4,2/3 Parish had a school with 481-351 students and a day nursery with 60-24 children.


Hartford bishop was Henry Joseph O'Brien (1945-1968).

1967 St. Michael's (Italian) New Haven
CT 1/3,1/2 Parish had a school with 351-325 students and a day nursery with 66-31 children.


New York archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967), followed by Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1970 Our Lady of Pompei (Italian)

New York (Manhattan)

In a 2004 lawsuit a man accused Caverzan of having sexually abused him from ages 10-12, when he was an altar boy in the 1960s at Our Lady of Pompei. (Complaint Feb. 26, 2004)

NY 1/9,1/7,1/2

Parish had a school with 402-215 boys and 269-230 girls.



Boston archbishop was RIchard James Cushing (1944-1970), who was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1978 St. Lazarus (Italian)

(East) Boston

• In July 1977 two families reported to the Scalabrinians that their sons, both of whom were altar boys at St. Lazarus, and a third boy, had been molested by Caverzon. (Letter to Scalabrinian Provincial, 1977) Caverzan was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having molested additional altar boy at St. Lazarus. His accuser said it took him so many years to come forward because of his feelings of shame. (Providence Journal-Bulletin [Rhode Island]
January 30, 2003)

MA 1/2 Parish had a school with 279-259 students.


Brooklyn bishop was Francis John Mugavero (1968-1990).

1989 St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church Brooklyn NY 1/2,1/3 Parish had a school with 374-482 students.


Venice bishop was John Joseph Nevins (1984-2007).

1994 St. Margaret's


A 1994 memo indicates there were two additional allegations of abuse against Caverzan. (Boston archdiocesan memo Oct. 1994)

FL 1/1,1/2 Parish had a C.C.D. program with 355-305 students

Caverzan's order said they had removed him from this parish and allowed him to visit family in Italy for two months

He died Sept. 28, 1994, at his order's Administration Center in Caracas. (Boston archdiocesan memo Oct. 1994)

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1951-1994).

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.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy & Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.


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