Assignment Record– Deacon Joseph I. Crowley, Jr.

Summary of Case: Crowley pleaded guilty in February 1999 to six counts of rape and seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14. His victims were two family members. Further details have not been released. He was sentenced to three successive 2 1/2-year terms and 10 years probation. His laicization was announced in 2006.

Born: 1940
Ordained Permanent Deacon: 1980
Laicized: 2006

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Humbert Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983). He was succeeded by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1992 St. Anne's Boston (Readville)
MA Parish had a school with 290-225 students.
1989 1994 Franciscan Children's Hospital Boston (Brighton)
MA Chaplain Hospital was a pediatric rehabilitation facility.
1994 8/15/98 Children's Hospital Boston MA Chaplain Convicted in 1999 of raping two family members, per Boston Globe article of 3-18-06.


Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. (2003-).



Crowely pleaded guilty in February 1999 six counts of rape and seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14. His victims were two family members. He was sentenced to three successive 2 1/2-year terms and 10 years probation.

    The 2001-2002 Official Catholic Directories index Crowley as at Children's Hospital, but he is not listed there. He is indexed as retired in the 2003 Directory and as unassigned in the 2004 and 2005 Directories. He does not appear in the 2006 Directory. He was laicized in 2006.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1981-2006).

Dedham Deacon Jailed for Sex Assault, By J.M. Lawrence and Scott Farmelant, The Boston Herald,
February 22, 1999
8 Clergymen Are Dismissed by the Vatican, Boston-Area Clerics Accused of Sexually Abusing Children, By Michael Levenson and Charles A. Radin, Boston Globe, March 18, 2006
Former Local Priests Defrocked over Sexual Allegations, By Nicole Simmons, Metro West Daily News,
March 18, 2006
Abuse Suspects, Vatican Defrocks Seven Area Priests; Five of Them Had Served on the South Shore, By Sue Reinert, Patriot Ledger, March 18, 2006
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child,

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This assignment record was last updated on September 22, 2015.


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