Assignment Record– Rev. Alphonse B. "Fr. Mike"Jansonis

Summary of Case: Ordained a priest of the Boston archdiocese in 1945, Jansonis assisted in parishes throughout the archdiocese until being named pastor of St. Francis' in Lowell in 1970. Per the archdiocese Jansonis went on health leave in 1977 and permanent disability in 1980. His obituary shows that he moved to Pocasset MA on Cape Cod in 1977 where he worked as a week-end assistant at a parish. He died in 2000. Jansonis was accused in a 2005 civil suit of having sexually abused a girl in the 1950s while he was assigned to Most Holy Redeemer parish in East Boston.

Born: 1919
Ordained: June 29, 1945
Died: May 13, 2000

 

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Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

7/10/45

Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

6/25/46 St. Stephen's

Boston

MA assistant

 

6/26/46 11/26/46 St. Joseph's Pepperell MA assistant  
11/27/46 7/01/47 St. Peter's Gloucester MA assistant  
7/02/47 7/15/47 St. Rita's Haverhill MA assistant  
7/16/47 2/28/48 St. Rocco's Brockton MA assistant  
3/01/48 3/16/48 St. Joseph's Boston (Roxbury) MA assistant (pro tem)  
3/17/48 5/04/48 St. Ambrose's Boston (Dorchester) MA assistant (pro tem)  
5/05/48 9/28/48 St. Joseph's Woburn MA assistant  
9/29/48 3/29/49 St. Rita's Lowell MA assistant  
3/30/49 6/09/52 St. Michael's Avon MA assistant  
6/10/52 2/17/57 Most Holy Redeemer

(East) Boston

Jansonis was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl while he was assigned to Most Holy Redeemer.

MA assistant  
2/18/57 2/17/64 St. Joseph's Lowell MA assistant  
2/18/64 8/17/70 St. George's Norwood MA assistant  

8/18/70

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

6/06/77 St. Francis' Lawrence MA pastor  
6/07/77 6/30/80 Health Leave Pocasset MA    

1977

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

Fall River bishop was Daniel Anthony Cronin (1970-1991), followed by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap. (1992-2002).

2000 St. John the Evangelist Pocasset MA week-end assistant  
7/01/80 5/13/00 Permanent Disability Pocasset MA   Jansonis died May 13, 2000.

 

Sources:

Alphonse B. 'Father Mike' Jansonis, 80, Cape Cod Times, May 15, 2000
John DoeNos. 30 - 68 and Mary Roe Nos. 6 - 8, v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, C.A. 05-0006
BishopAccountability Letter to Dr. Mary Jane Doherty, Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Boston Review Board, BishopAccountability.org, July 27, 2011
Mass. Group Discloses New Names of Accused Priests, By Jay Lindsay, Boston Globe, July 28, 2011
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 on October 3, 2015.


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