Assignment Record– Rev. Barry F. Bossa, S.A.C.

Summary of Case: Barry Bossa was ordained for the Pallottines (Society of Catholic Apostolate) in 1981. He worked in parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston MA and New York NY. Prior to ordination, in 1974, Bossa was convicted of performing oral sex on a 12-year-old boy. The Pallottines knew of the conviction before ordaining him. In 2002 Bossa was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing two boys, ages 8 and 10, in the early to mid-1970s at a Massachusetts parish, where he was a Pallottine Brother training for the priesthood. When the news of new accusations came to light in 2002 the New York archdiocese, where Bossa was then assigned, removed him from ministry. The Pallottines abruptly sent Bossa to their headquarters in Rome. The Boston archdiocese eventually settled the lawsuit and criminal charges were filed in 2003. Bossa died in Italy in 2007.

Ordained: October 17, 1981
Died: May 20, 2007

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Bossa pleaded guilty in 1974 to performing oral sex on a a 12-year-old boy. He received no jail time.


early-mid 1970s

Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

  St. Thomas Aquinas


Bossa was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of sexually abusing two boys, ages 8 and 10, during his time at this parish.

MA religious brother in training for priesthood; CCD teacher, youth choir instructor, oversaw altar servers  


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983), followed boy John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1986 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Italian) New York NY 6/6; 5/5

Parish had a school with 289-210 students.

The Pallottines knew before he was ordained of Bossa's 1974 conviction.

1986 1988       Bossa not indexed or listed in the 1987 or 1988 Directories.


O'Connor was succeeded by Edward Michael Egan (2000-2009).

2002 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Yonkers NY

4/6; 3/5; 2/4


Parish had a school with 265-178 students.


2002 2007   Rome Italy  

The New York archdiocese stripped him of his duties and Bossa was abruptly moved by his order to its world headquarters in Rome in 2002 when his criminal history prior to ordination, as well as new allegations, came to light.

Charges were filed in 2003 and the archdiocese settled with Bossa's accusers.

Bossa died in Italy May 20, 2007.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1982-1986, 1989-2002).

First Amended Complaint, October 21, 2002
16 Priests Named for First Time in Sexual Abuse Lawsuits, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, January 30, 2003
Records on 10 Clergy Released, Documents Reveal McCormack's Role, By Sacha Pfeiffer, January 31, 2003
Runaway Priests, Hiding in Plain Sight, The Rev. Rev. Barry Bossa, Rome Case Study #3, Dallas Morning News, September 12, 2004
In the Shadow of the Vatican, Accused Clerics Serving in Rome, Heart of the Catholic Church, By Reese Dunklin, Dallas Morning News, September 12, 2004
" International Traffic in Catholic Priests Who Abuse", By Richard Sipe and K.K. Murray, SNAP [United States], April 17, 2007
The Missing Names From Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 2011
Accused Boston Clerics,, Revised November 21, 2011
Confratelli Defunti, Societas Apostolatus Catholici, No Date

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