Assignment Record– Rev. Leonard Bacigalupo, O.F.M.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Order of St. Francis ordained in 1930, Bacigalupo lived and worked in numerous parishes and Franciscan seminaries in multiple dioceses. He was assigned to the Boston archdiocese, moved to Honduras in 1949 for a few years, back to Boston briefly, then on to the Archdioceses of Washington DC, the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Albany NY, then Boston again before returning to the Albany diocese in 1988 where he remained until his death in October 1994. Bacigalupo was accused of "unspecified abuse" at an East Boston parish in 1969 or 1970, according to his personnel file, which was released by the archdiocese in January 2003.

Ordained: 1930
Died: October 1994

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1930 1933       Not found in the Official Catholic Directories for these years.


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

1946 St. Francis Seraphic Seminary Andover
MA   Name not found in the 1939 Directory.
1946 1949 St. Leonard's of Port Maurice Boston MA

8/9, 7/8, 7/9

In residence.

Parish had a school, St. Anthony's, with 324-360 boys and 344-375 girls.


Immaculate Conception Province

1952 Immaculada Concepcion


Central America


1952 1953 St. Francis of Assisi (Italian) Cambridge MA 2/18 St. Francis
had a school with 114 boys and 92 girls.


Washington archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1956? Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Academy of American Franciscans History
Bethesda MD 3/8, 3/7

The 1956 Directory indexes Bacigalupo at this Friary, but he is not listed there in the diocesan pages for that year.


New York archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).

1958 Mt. Alvernia Seminary, Chapel of the Stigmata of St. Francis Wappingers Falls

4/14, 3/12




Albany bishop was William Aloysius Scully (1954-1969).

1960 Sacred Heart Palenville
NY 1/1  



1961 Mt. Alvernia Seminary, Chapel of the Stigmata of St. Francis Wappingers Falls
NY 8/8




1964 Immaculate Conception Seminary Troy
NY 2/8, 2/9




1967 Mt. Alvernia Seminary, Chapel of the Stigmata of St. Francis Wappingers Falls
NY 1/6, 1/7

1967 1970 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Italian)

East Boston

• Bacigalupo was accused of "unspecified abuse" at this parish in 1969 or 1970, according to his personnel file, which was released in January 2003.


1/8, 1/7

Pastor and Guardian

Also at this parish was Bro. Fidelis DeBerardinis, O.F.M.

Our Lady o fMt. Carmel had a school with 186-175 boys and 169-150 girls.

DeBerardinis was convicted and sentenced in 2004 for the abuse of 8 Our Lady of Mount Carmel altar boys.


Humberto Sousa Medeiros succeeded Cushing as Boston archbishop (1970-1983).

1976? St. Francis Seraphic Seminary Andover
MA   The 1975 and 1976 Directories index Bacigalupo as at this seminary, but do not list him there in the diocesan pages.


Albany bishop was Edwin Bernard Broderick (1969-1976), followed by Howard James Hubbard (1977-).

1988 St. Anthony Friary Catskill
1988 1994 Teresian House Albany NY  

Teresian House was a skilled nursing facility.

Bacigalupo does not appear in the Directories after 1994. He died in October 1994.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1934-1994).

Records on 10 Clergy Released, By Sacha Pfeiffer, January 31, 2003

Priests 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 page from the Directory.

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