Assignment Record– Rev. Robert Ryer

Summary of Case: Ryer was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1943 where he worked in parishes throughout his career, with the exception of 1948-51 when he was assigned to a parish in the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana. He died in 1967. Ryer was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused children at Blessed Sacrament in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood between 1958-1960. Per news reports in 2010, three cases regarding abuse by Ryer had been settled.

: 1943
Died: April 30, 1967


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), succeeded by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1945 St. Edward's Medfield MA 2/2  
1945 1948

St. Matthew's

Boston (Dorchester) MA 4/4, 4/5 Parish had a school with 363-388 boys and 425-370 girls.


Alexandria bishop was Charles Pasquale Greco (1946-1973).

1951 St. Charles Concordia Parish, Ferriday LA 1/2, 1/1 The parish is noted to be for "Colored" in the 1950 and 1951 Directories.


Boston archdiocese

1961 Blessed Sacrament

Boston (Jamaica Plain)

Ryer was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused children at this parish between 1958-1960. (Jamaica Plain Gazette
May 29, 2010)

MA 2/3, 3/4, 2/4, 2/5

Parish had a grade school with 685-588 boys and 719-602 girls, and a high school with 178-150 girls.

Reportedly, three claims against Ryer were settled. (Jamaica Plain Gazette
May 29, 2010)

1961 1967 Holy Trinity (German) Boston MA

1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/1


Ryer died April 30, 1967.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1944-1968)

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This assignment record was last updated on November 2, 2015.