Assignment RecordRev. William J. Duffy, S.J.

Summary of Case: Included in a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.

: 1931
Died: July 23, 1998


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


New York archbishop was Patrick Joseph Hayes (1919-1938).

1922 St. Andrew-on-Hudson Poughkeepsie NY student, seminarian  


Manila archbishop was Michael James O’Doherty (1916-1949).

1924 Ateneo de Manila Manila Philippines teacher, seminarian  
1924 1927          


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

1928 Boston College High School Boston MA teacher, seminarian  
1928 1931 Weston College Weston MA student, seminarian  
1932 1934 Immaculate Conception Boston MA 8/22, 11/23  
1934 1935 Bellarmine House Cohasset MA   This was the Tertianship of the New England Province, Society of Jesus. There were 21 priests and 3 brothers.
1935 1944 Boston College High School Boston MA spiritual director of students, administrator of the Jesuit community  
1935 1944 Immaculate Conception Boston MA

11/24, 2/14, 2/16, 2/17, 2/18, 2/21

Prefect of Church 1938-1943

Duffy is indexed in the 1937, 1938 and 1944 Directories as at this parish, but he is not listed there in the Boston archdiocesan pages of those volumes.
1944 1946 U.S. Army     chaplain  


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

1955 St. Mary's Boston MA 2/17, 2/16, 2/19, 2/13, 2/11, 2/13, 2/14, 2/12 Parish had a school with 195-108 boys and 186-107 girls.
1955 1969 St. Andrew Bobola House Boston MA Administrator 1955-1969 This was a Jesuit residence with 29-19 priest, 4-14 Scholastics, and 1-2 Brothers.


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

1974 Immaculate Conception Boston MA   Duffy was among 36-44 priests, 7 Novices, 3 Laymen, and 3 Brothers.


Bernard Francis Law followed Medeiros as Boston archbishop (1984-2002).

1985 St. Cecilia's Boston MA 2/3, 2/2  
1985 1986 Immaculate Conception Boston MA 7/27  
1986 1990 St. Cecilia's Boston MA 2/3  
1990 1994 Loyola House Boston MA   This was a Jesuit residence.
1994 1998 Campion Health Center, Inc. Weston MA  

This was a nursing facility for Jesuits.

Duffy died July 23, 1998.

Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1932-1999)

William J. Duffy Obituary, Patriot Ledger, July 25, 1998
Rev. William J. Duffy, 96; Jesuit Priest Taught at BC High, Boston Globe, July 26, 1998
Boston Priests Not Previously Identified As Accused,, January 19, 2011
Church's Accused Abusers Named Online, Boston Channel, January 19, 2011
Lawyer Reveals List of 19 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse, Metrowest Daily News, January 19, 2011
The Missing Names from Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, Nov. 20, 2011



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