|Assignment Record – Rev. Raymond W. McCarthy
Summary of Case: McCarthy was a priest of the diocese of Fall River MA, ordained in 1945. He served in parishes throughout the diocese and was involved with Catholic Charities until going on Sick Leave for two years in the early 1970s. In 1972 McCarthy was assigned as a nursing home chaplain, then to a parish for a year, before going on Sick Leave again in 1974. He is last indexed in the Official Catholic Directory in 1978, still on Sick Leave. McCarthy was named in 2002 by the Bristol MA District Attorney among priests of the Fall River diocese against whom there were accusations of sex crimes. McCarthy had four accusations against him. McCarthy died in November 2005 in Missouri. According to his obituary, he relocated to the St. Louis area in the early 1970s, where he founded a counseling center in Clayton and presided at mass in parishes throughout the region.
Died: November 2005
Fall River bishop was James Edwin Cassidy (1934-1951), followed by James Louis Connolly (1951-1970).
|1961||Sacred Heart||Fall River||MA||4/4, 3/3, 2/3, 3/4, 2/4, 2/5, 3/5||Sacred Heart had a school with 334-422 boys and 241-360 girls.|
|1952||1967||Diocesan Family Life Bureau||Fall River||MA||Director||McCarthy directed Cana and Pre-Cana conferences throughout the diocese. He also was associate director of the Catholic Charities Appeal, and he directed the Lay Retreat Movement.|
|1962||1967||St. Patrick's||Fall River||MA||3/5, 2/5, 2/4||St. Patrick's had a school with 331-286 boys and 314-274 girls.|
|1967||1969||St. Mark's||Attleboro Falls||MA||1/1, 1/2|
|1969||1970||Our Lady of Victory||Centerville||MA||Administrator||This assignment is per a news article.|
|1969||1970||Our Lady Star of the Sea||Centerville||MA||1/2|
|1969||1970||Our Lady of Hope||West Barnstable||MA||This was a mission of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Centerville.|
Connolly was succeeded as Fall River bishop by Daniel Anthony Cronin (1970-1991).
|1972||1973||Marion Manor||Taunton||MA||Chaplain||Marion Manor is listed under "Homes for the Aged."|
|1973||1974||St. John the Baptist (Portuguese)||New Bedford||MA||2/3|
|1974||1978||Sick Leave||McCarthy is not indexed beyond the 1978 Directory.|
St. Louis Archbishop was John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979), followed by John Lawrence May (1980-1992), Justin Francis Rigali (1994-2003), and Raymond Leo Burke (2003-2008).
Although his name seems to have disappeared from the Directories after 1978, McCarthy's obituary notes that he relocated to the St. Louis area in the 1970s. He was credited with founding the Counseling Center of Clayton and was said to have presided at masses throughout the St. Louis area, most regularly at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph's in Clayton MO. McCarthy died in November 2005.
McCarthy's name was among those on a list released in 2002 by the Bristol District Attorney's Office in Fall River MA of priests from the Fall River diocese with accusations of sex crimes against them. There were four known accusations against McCarthy.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1946-2006)
• Fr. McCarthy to Head Centerville Parish, The Anchor, Aug. 14, 1969
in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's
place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest
listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor)
and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4
means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample
page from the Directory.