Assignment Record– Rev. James L. MacGuinness
Summary of Case: James L. MacGuinness was a Boston priest, ordained in 1955. He assisted in Beachmont, Marblehead,
Lawrence, Roxbury and Sharon parishes, and he was pastor for three years in Peabody. He was also chaplain for a boys'
orphanage and for a girls' academy. His career is marked by several unexplained leaves of absence, 1937-1938 and 1940-1942.
MacGuinness died April 14, 1955. In June 2014 a 90-year-old man claimed in a lawsuit that MacGuinees sexually abused
him as a child during 1938-1940, at a Roxbury parish. The suit was settled in December 2014, and the man died two months later.
Died: April 14, 1955
Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).
|1925||Our Lady of Lourdes||Beachmont||MA||2/2, 2/3|
|1925||1933||Our Lady Star of the Sea||Marblehead||MA||2/2|
|1933||1937||St. Patrick's||Lawrence||MA||2/4||St. Patrick's had a grade school with 423-458 boys and 423-342 girls, and a high school with 135-117 girls.|
|1937||1938||Absent on Leave|
• In a lawsuit filed in June 2014, a 90-year-old man accused MacGuinness of sexually abusing him as a child in 1938-40 in St. John's rectory. The suit was settled in December 2014, and the man died two months later.
|MA||2/5||St. John's had a school with 215 boys and 220 girls.|
|1940||1942||Absent on Leave|
O'Connell was succeeded by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|1946||Our Lady of Sorrows||Sharon||MA||2/2|
|1946||1947||MacGuiness is indexed in the 1947 Directory as at Our Lady of Sorrows in Sharon, but he is not listed as there in the Boston pages; nor is he listed at his next assignment.|
|1947||1948||House of the Angel Guardian||West Newbury||MA||Chaplain||This was an orphanage and grade school with 173 boys, run by the Bros. of Charity of Ghent.|
|1948||1949||St. John the Baptist||Quincy||MA||2/5||St. John's had a school with 208 boys and 285 girls.|
|1949||1952||Mt. St. Joseph Academy||Brighton||MA||Chaplain||Mt. St. Joseph's had 387-440 students, all girls.|
|1952||1955||St. Anne's||Peabody||MA||1/2, 1/1||MacGuinness died April 14, 1955.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons 1913-1956)
• Boston Archdiocese Settles with 7 Alleged Victims of Clergy Abuse, By Brian MacQuarrie, Boston Globe, March 28, 2016
in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's
place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest
listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor)
and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4
means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample
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