Assignment Record– Rev. Settimo Basso, C.P.

Summary of Case: A Scalabrinian priest ordained in 1941 in Italy, Basso arrived in the United States in 1947. The same year he began work at St. Lazarus' parish in East Boston MA where he stayed until 1970, having assumed the role of pastor in 1961. Through the 1970s Basso assisted at several parishes in RI, moving in 1979 to the Seminary of St. Charles in Staten Island NY for a year. In 1980 Basso was transferred to an Ontario Canada parish, assisting until his 1988 return to Johnston RI. That assignment lasted until his return in 1997 to Italy, where he died in 1999. Basso was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of having sexually abused an East Boston boy in 1960-1961, at St. Lazarus'.

: September 7, 1941
Died: December 1999


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1941 1947 Crespano del Grappa Novitiate Crespano del Grappa Italy Bursar

Basso is not indexed in the 1942-1947 Directories.

He was ordained in Italy and arrived in the United States in November 1947.


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1970 St. Lazarus'

East Boston

Basso was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy at this parish in 1960-1961.


3/3, 2/2,1/3,1/2

Pastor until his death in 1961 was Louis Toma. Basso was pastor 1961-1970.

Parish had a school with 228-147 boys and 228-167 girls.

Toma is said to have abused "numerous" girls in his 50 years at St. Lazarus.

Although the lawsuit refers to Basso as "Septimo", his first name in the Directories is consistently "Settimo".


Providence bishop was Russell Joseph McVinney (1948-1971) followed by Louis Edward Gelineau (1971-1997).

1976 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Italian) Bristol RI 2/2 Parish had a school with 185-116 students.
1976 1979 St. Rocco (Italian) Thornton RI 2/4, 2/3 Parish had a school with 420-540 students.


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1980 Seminary of St. Charles Staten Island NY   This assignment is per
1980 1988 St. Catherine of Siena Mississauga Ontario, Canada


This assignment is per

Basso is not indexed in the 1980-1987 Directories.


Providence diocese

1997 St. Rocco (Italian) Johnston RI

3/3, 2/3, 2/4, 4/4

The 1998 Directory notes Bass to be "in residence".

Parish had a school with 313-480 students, and a religious education program with 325-350 students.
1997 1999 Scalabrini Tirondola of Bassano del Grappa Bassano del Grappa Italy retired; senior cleric

Per, Basso became ill on a visit to Italy in 1997 and was forced to remain there. He retired to the community of Senior clerics.

Basso is not indexed in the 1999 Directory. He died in December 1999.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1998), In the Father's House
Letter to Dr. Mary Jane Doherty, Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Boston Review Board, July 27, 2011
Mass. Group Discloses New Names of Accused Priests By Jay Lindsay, Boston Globe, July 28, 2011
P. Settimo Basso, Website

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This assignment record was last updated on August 31, 2015.