Assignment Record– Rev. Robert P. Beale

Summary of Case: Ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1970, Robert Beale was assigned to parishes in West Bridgewater, Cambridge and Belmont MA. From 1982-2002 he was Assistant Director then Director of Our Lady's Hall in Milton, a rehabilitation center for priests with problems that included molestion of children. He was was also Chaplain for twenty years at the Norfolk County House of Corrections. Beale was placed on leave in July 2002 after an accusation emerged that he molested a minor in the 1970s. He was laicized in 2010.

Ordained: 1970

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1970 1975 St. Ann's West Bridgewater MA 2/2 ,2/3  
1975 1979 St. Mary of the Annunciation Cambridge MA   Parish had a high school with 364-296 students.
1979 1980 St. Luke's


Beale was accused in 2002 of having molested a minor more than 25 years previously.



In residence.

1980 1982 Assigned to Graduate Studies       The Directories do not list where Beale was in graduate studies, unlike the other priests for whom there is a graduate studies assignment listed under this heading in the Directories' diocesan pages.
1982 1983 Awaiting Assignment        
1982 2002 Our Lady's Hall Milton MA Assistant Director, Director


St. Pius V had a school with 287-230 students.

The Directories do not index Beale as being at Our Lady's Hall, but his name does appear in the Directories' Boston diocesan pages as there. Our Lady's Hall was a "retreat for priests with alcohol, depression and sexual abuse problems".

He was a member of "The Singing Priests" while here.

Beale was placed on administrative leave in 2002.

1987 2007 Norfolk County Prison/House of Correction Dedham MA Chaplain

Beale is listed in the 2007 Directory at the prison, despite having been suspended in 2002. He also appears under Retired Priests, and Senior Priests.

Beale was defrocked in 2010. His last known addresses were in Quincy and Stoughton MA.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1971-2007).

Spotlight Follow-Up, Treatment Center for Priest Called Site of Abuse, By Sacha Pfeiffer, Boston Globe,
March 20, 2002
Director of Rehab Center for Priests Suspended over Sex Abuse Allegation, Associated Press, July 18, 2002
Director of Milton Rehabilitation Center Faces Abuse Charge, By Matt Carroll, The Globe, July 18, 2002
Many Suspended Priests Live - and Work - Quietly near Their Former South Shore Parishes, By Elizabeth Crowley and Lane Lambert, The Patriot Ledger, October 20, 2008
Archdiocese of Boston Announces Robert P. Beale Is No Longer in the Clerical State, By Kelly Lynch, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston , August 20 2010
Boston Archdiocese Defrocks 2 Priests, By Lane Lambert, Patriot Ledger , August 21 2010
2 Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors Have Left Priesthood, By Johanna Seltz, Boston Globe, August 24 2010
Two Boston Priests Laicized, The Pilot, August 27, 2010
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011


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This assignment record was last updated August 31, 2015.


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