Assignment Record– Rev. Edmund W. Croke

Summary of Case: Edmund Croke was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1928 and went on to assist in parishes in Cohasset, West Roxbury, Malden and Melrose, then serving as pastor in Carver and Wilmington MA parishes. He died in 1971. Croke was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing at least one child.

Ordained: 1928
Died: April 21, 1971

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).

11/06/28 St. Anthony's Cohasset MA Assistant Pro Tem  



07/16/40 St. Theresa's Boston (West Roxbury) MA 4/4  
07/17/40 11/08/43 Long Island Hospital Boston
MA Chaplain  


O'Connell was succeeded by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

01/07/47 Sacred Heart Malden
MA 2/4 Parish had an elementary school wtih 377 boys and 367 girls, and a high school with 120 girls.
01/08/47 07/17/51 St. Mary of the Annunciation Melrose MA 4/4,3/4,2/4 Parish had an elementary school with 249-318 boys and 270-335 girls, annd a high school with 124-144 girls.
07/18/51 06/06/54 Our Lady of Lourdes Carver MA 1/1  


Humberto Sousa Medeiros replaced Cushing (1970-1983).

04/20/71 St. Thomas of Villanova Wilmington MA 1/2,1/3

Died April 21, 1971.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1939-1972).

16 Priests Named for First Time in Sexual Abuse Lawsuits, At least three still active; total of accused at 130, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, January 30, 2003
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 September 1, 2015.


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