Assignment Record– Rev. Edward M. Keohan
Summary of Case: Keohan was accused in a January 2003 lawsuit of having fondled a boy 1983-1985, beginning when the boy was age 13. Keohan denied the allegation. He was kept in ministry until August of that year, and reinstated in March 2005 after the Archdiocesan Review Board deemed the allegations "unsubstantiated." Keohan died September 12, 2015.
Died: September 12, 2015
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|1961||St. John's||Haverhill||MA||associate pastor|
|1961||1966||Society of St. James the Apostle||Peru||missionary|
|1970||St. Charles||Woburn||MA||4/5, 3/4,||Parish had a grade school with 333-296 boys and 360-301 girls, and a high school with 186-154 girls.|
Cushing was succeeded by Huberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1971||Absent on Leave|
|1971||1972||St. Charles||Woburn||MA||3/4, 3/5||Parish had a grade school wtih 267-320 boys and 259-305 girls, and a high school with 122-127 girls.|
|1984||St. Rose of Lima||
|MA||5/5, 3/6, 2/4, 2/5, 2/4||Parish had a grade school with 490-426 students, and a high school with 207-220 girls.|
Bernard Francis Law succeeded Medeiros(1984-2002).
|2008||Salem Hospital Complex/North Shore Medical Center||Salem||MA||Chaplain||
This included Boston Salem Hospital; Boston North Shore Children's Hospital; Boston Shaughnessy Rehabilitation Hospital.
Although placed on leave 2003 until 2005, Keohan continues to be listed in the Directories at this assignment.
|1985||1987||St. Anne's||Salem||MA||2/2 In residence.|
Richard G. Lennon served as interim bishop after Law resigned (December 2002-June 30, 2003).
|2003||St. Mary's (Italian)||Salem||MA||
|St. Mary's closed in 2003.|
Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. replaced Law (July 1,
|August 2003||Our Lady of Lourdes||Revere||MA||Administrator||
|August 2003||2005||Administrative Leave||Keohan was placed on leave in August 2003, due to the allegation he fondled a boy in the 1980s. He was reinstated in March 2005 after the Archdiocesan Review Board deemed the accusations to be "unsubstantiated."|
Senior Priest in residence.
|2009||St. Margaret's||Beverly Farms||MA|
|Regina Cleri||Boston||MA||resident||This is an assisted living facility for retired priests.|
|2015||Marion Manor||Boston||MA||resident||Keohan died September 12, 2015.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-2009)
• 16 Priests Named for First Time in Sexual Abuse Lawsuits, At least three still active; total of accused at 130, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, January 30, 2003
• 70 abuse cases filed vs. church, By Robin Washington and Tom Mashberg, Boston Herald, January 30, 2003
• 3 Area Priests Accused in Recent Suit Are Still in Parishes, In '02, charges prompted diocese to impose leaves,
By Sacha Pfeiffer, Boston Globe, March 5, 2003
• O'Malley Places 4 Priests on Leave, Archdiocese Reviewing Sex Abuse Allegations, By Jenna Russell, Boston Globe, August 24, 2003
• Diocese Returns Priest to Active Ministry, By David Abel, Boston Globe, March 23, 2005
• Accused Priest Holds No Grudge, Salem News [Salem MA], March 28, 2005
• Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register,
August 25, 2011
• Reverend Edward M. Keohan, O'Donnell Funeral Home, accessed October 4, 2015
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This assignment record was last updated on October 4, 2015.