Assignment Record– Rev. George V. McCabe, s.j.

Summary of Case: At least five men have disclosed that McCabe sexually molested them as boys in the 1970s. The abuse is said to have occurred on McCabe's boat, in the attic of a church, in a boy's home, and in a hotel room. McCabe died in 1998.

: 1940
Died: 1998


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Springfield bishop was Thomas Michael O'Leary (1921-1949).

1945 Cranwell Preparatory School Lenox MA This was a Jesuit high school with 100-133 students, all male.


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

1946 Weston College Weston MA theological student  


Hartford bishop was Henry Joseph O'Brien (1945-1968).

1947 St. Robert's Hall Pomfrey CT   This was a Tertianship of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus.


New York archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).


St. Francis Xavier's

Chapels-Convent of Jesus and Mary; St. Vincent's Hospital; St. Zita's Home; Nazareth Day Nursery; Euphtasian Residence; Ward's Island, Asylum, Hospital and Nurseries.

New York NY 17/24 Parish had a school with 220 boys and 158 girls.
1949 1955 Weston College Weston MA   This was a Jesuit seminary.
1955 1957 Boston College Boston MA  

McCabe is indexed in the 1956 and 1957 Directories as at 761 Harrison Ave., Boston. A 2010 google search yielded a 2004 article at boston.bizjournals .com, which said,

"Originally constructed in 1863 by the Jesuits, the building served as the first home of Boston College. The college relocated to Chestnut Hill in 1909 and Boston College High School occupied the building until 1954 before relocating to Dorchester. The building remains part of Boston College's operations."

The building was sold in 2004 for 11.8 million dollars.


Bridgeport bishop was Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1953-1961), followed by Walter William Curtis (1961-1988).

1961 Fairfield University Fairfield CT Executive Secretary  
1961 1966 Manresa Retreat House Ridgefield CT

1/2, 1/3


This was a house for "retreats for young men of high school, college and university age", per the Directories.


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983), who was replaced by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1992 Jesuit-St. Joseph Center Boston (Charlestown, Sullivan Square) MA 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 6/7, 5/6, 4/5, 4/6, 3/3  
    St. Theresa's


McCabe was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually molested three boys (two brothers and their cousin) in the early 1970s, while McCabe worked at St. Theresa's. The abuse is said to have occurred in the attic of the church, in one of the boy's homes, in McCabe's car, in a hotel room and on a boat McCabe docked at a Revere marina. (Boston Globe
April 19, 2002)

MA   This assignment is per news reports.
    St. Mary's

Boston (North End)

Two more men claimed that McCabe molested them as boys in the 1970s, when McCabe lived at St. Mary's in the North End of Boston and worked at St. Joseph Center in Charlestown. (Boston Globe
February 11, 2003)

MA   This assignment is per news reports.
1992 1994         McCabe is not indexed in the 1993 or 1994 Directories.
1994 1997 Campion Health Center Weston MA    
1997 2001 Retired       Although McCabe is indexed in the Directories through 2001, he is said to have died in 1998.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1941-2001)

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This assignment record was last updated on May 11, 2010.