Assignment Record– Rev. Eugene P. Sullivan
Summary of Case: Eugene P. Sullivan was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1968. He worked in parishes in Holbrook, Walpole, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Weymouth. An educator, he was Superintendent of archdiocesan schools in the 1970s and '80s. In 2005 an accusation emerged that Sullivan had sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in 1977. He was placed on leave. In 2009 the archdiocesan review board determined that the allegation was unsubstantiated and Sullivan was reinstated. He retired in 2013 to a Roslindale parish.
Ordained: May 29, 1968
Retired: July 1, 2013
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1971||St. Joseph's||Holbrook||MA||2/3, 3/3||Parish had a school with 310-280 boys and 310-272 girls.|
Associate Superintendent and Assistant Director of Education (1972-1976); Superintendent 1976-1987
Medeiros was succeeded by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
• Accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having molested a 15 year old boy 1977. The accuser says the abuse happened in Sullivan's car on the way to a Catholic summer camp for children in New Hampshire (Camp Fatima). (Boston.com [Boston MA]
7/8, 5/7, 5/6, 6/7, 5/5, 6/6, 6/7
Parish had a grade school with 524-369 students, and a high school until 1978 with 250-176 girls.
Sullivan was Superintendent of Boston archdiocesan schools at the time the abuse is said to have occurred. (Patriot Ledger
|1987||1997||St. Peter's||Boston (Dorchester)||MA||1/5, 1/4, 1/3||Parish had a school with 186-210 students.|
Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. (2003-).
|2005||St. Francis Xavier||Weymouth||MA||1/4, 1/3, 1/1, 1/2||Parish had a school with 172-471 students and a religious ed. program with 1,064 students.|
|2005||2009||Sullivan was placed on leave in January 2005 due to an accusation that he had molested a boy in 1977. (Weymouth News
January 12, 2005)
|2009||2013||St. Francis Xavier||Weymouth||MA||1/3||
Parish had a school with 471 students.
Sullivan was returned to ministry in January 2009 after the archdiocesan review board determined that the allegation was unsubstantiated. (The Pilot
Senior Priest, Retired
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1969-2014)
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This assignment record was last updated on November 3, 2015.