Assignment Record– Rev. James E. Connelly

Summary of Case: Connelly's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011. At least one claim settled against Connelly. No other details released. Connelly died in 1985.

Born: 1917
: 1943
Died: October 8, 1985


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), followed by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

3/27/45 Mary, Star of the Sea Boston MA 3/3 Indexed as James E. Connelly. Parish had a school with 225-215 boys and 246-228 girls.
3/28/45 7/09/45 St. Anne's Boston (Readville) MA assistant  
7/10/45 1/15/46 St. Mary of the Annunciation Cambridge MA    
1/16/46 4/23/46 St. Joseph's Boston (Roxbury) MA 4/4 Parish had a grade school with 378 boys and 398 girls, and a high school with 144 girls.
4/24/46 9/29/46 House of the Angel Guardian Boston (West Roxbury) MA chaplain This was an orphanage and school.
9/30/46 5/14/47 Blessed Sacrament Walpole MA assistant  
5/15/47 3/27/49 St. Francis of Assisi Medford MA 3/4  
3/28/49 1/21/52 St. Brigid's Framingham MA 2/3  
1/22/52 2/26/52 St. Rita's Haverhill MA assistant  
2/27/52 2/13/55 Most Blessed Sacrament Quincy MA 2/3  
2/14/55 7/04/55 St. Francis De Sales/St. Philip Boston (Roxbury) MA assistant  
7/04/55 9/14/55 Immaculate Conception Everett MA    
9/15/55 2/17/57 St. James' Salem MA 3/4 Parish had a grade school with 345-332 boys and 519-362 girls, and a high school with 169-150 girls.
2/18/57 2/15/60 St. Edward's Brockton MA 4/4 Parish had a school with 127-162 boys and 121-163 girls.
2/16/60 10/17/60 St. Jerome's Arlington MA 2/2  
10/18/60 5/06/63 St. Patrick's Watertown MA 3/5, 2/5, 3/5 Parish had a grade school with 333-282 boys and 38-310 girls, and a high school with 118-106 boys and 164-143 girls.
5/07/63 4/08/64 St. Joseph's Holbrook MA 2/3 Parish had a school with 133 boys and 122 girls.
4/09/64 6/05/69 St. Patrick's Lowell MA 2/5, 2/4 Parish had a school with 177-160 boys and 179-145 girls.
5/06/69 2/09/70 Christ the King Hudson MA 1/2 Parish had a school with 94 boys and 70 girls.


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1/08/75 St. John Vianney Revere MA 1/1, 2/2  
1/07/75 11/08/76 Sick Leave        
11/09/76 12/10/78 St. Patrick's Stoneham MA 2/5 Parish had a school with 284 students.


Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).

10/08/85 Sick Leave      

Connelly is not indexed in the 1979 or 1980 Directories.


Connelly died October 8, 1985.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1943-1986)

Rev. James E. Connelly,
Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child,
Lawyer Reveals List of 19 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse, Metrowest Daily News, January 19, 2011
Boston Priests Not Previously Identified As Accused,, January 19, 2011
Church's Accused Abusers Named Online, Boston Channel, January 19, 2011
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
North Shore Priests on List, Salem News, August 26, 2011

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