Assignment Record– Rev. Bernard J. Keenan
Summary of Case: In 2002 a man reported to the archdiocese that his brother had been molested by Keenan at the age of 8 in 1961, in the parish office of St. John's. Another child had told him that "all the altar boys" were molested by Keenan. Keenan died in 1966.
Died: June 18, 1966
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|1949||St. Matthew's||Dorchester||MA||4/4||Parish had a school with 381 boys and 384 girls.|
|1950||1955||St. Francis De Sales||Boston (Roxbury)||MA||3/3, 2/2, 2/3||Parish had a school with 183-134 boys and 156-136 girls.|
|1955||1966||St. John the Evangelist||
• In 2002 a man reported to the archdiocese that his brother had been molested by Keenan at the age of 8 in 1961, in the parish office of St. John's. Another child had told him that "all the altar boys" were molested by Keenan. (2002 memo from Boston archdiocese)
|MA||3/3, 2/3, 2/2||
The 1966 Directory shows that St. John's had a school with 27 boys and 23 girls.
Keenan died June 18, 1966.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1949-1967)
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This assignment record was last updated on March 18, 2010.
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