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.

Born: 1904
: 1932
Died: October 13, 1972


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1932 1934          
9/10/34 12/30/34 St. Mary's Dedham MA assistant  


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

7/25/50 St. John's Seminary Boston (Brighton) MA Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Chant, Professor of Music  
1945 1953 Diocesan Tribunal Boston MA Pro-Synodal Judge  


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1972 Diocesan Tribunal Boston MA Synodal Judge Named Monsignor in 1962.
1951 1964 Diocesan Music Commission Boston MA    
1961 1972 Diocesan Tribunal Boston MA Pro-Synodal Examiner  
7/26/50 10/12/72 St. Ann's West Bridgewater MA Pastor Shea died October 13, 1972.

: 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.