Assignment Record– Msgr. Francis S. Shea
Summary of Case: Francis S. Shea was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1932. He assisted briefly at St. Mary's in Dedham and, for twenty-two years, was pastor of St. Ann's in West Bridgewater. He taught theology and music at St. John's Seminary for many years and he was a member of the Tribunal and the Archdiocesan Music Commission. He died in 1972. Shea's name was included on a list of accused priests
posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.
Died: October 13, 1972
Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944),
followed by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
||St. John's Seminary
|| Boston (Brighton)
||Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Chant, Professor
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros
||Named Monsignor in 1962.
||Diocesan Music Commission
||Shea died October 13, 1972.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J.
Kenedy and Sons, 1935-1973); Shea Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston
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This assignment record was last updated on November 2, 2015.