Assignment Record – Rev. Alan E. Caparella, o.f.m.

Summary of Case: Rev. Alan E. Caparella was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1966. He worked at a high school in the Pittsburgh, PA diocese early in his career, moving to the Boston archdiocese in 1972 where he did parish work and some hospital ministry. He died in March 1991. Caparella was accused of the sexual abuse of a minor in a lawsuit that was settled in May 2013.

Ordained: 1966
Died: March 31, 1991


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Pittsburgh bishop was John Joseph Wright (1959-1969), followed by Vincent Martin Leonard (1969-1983).

1972 Serra High School McKeesport PA Serra High had 521-425 students, all male.


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

1973 St. Francis of Assisi (Italian) Cambridge MA 4/5 In residence.  
1973 1978 Provincial Curia New York NY   Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception of New York City.
1978 1979 Mass. General Hospital Boston MA    
1979 1983 St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Italian)


Caparella was accused in a lawsuit settled in May 2013 of having sexually abused a child while at St. Leonard's.

MA 1/6, 1/5, 1/3 St. Leonard's had a school with 279-230 students.


Medeiros was succeeded by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1985 St. Christopher Friary Boston MA    
    St. Anthony's Revere MA assistant  
1985 1991 Holy Ghost Whitman MA 2/3, 2/2 Caparella died of a heart attack at age 53 on March 31, 1991.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1967-1992)

Boston Lawyer Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Releases New List of Alleged Abusers, By Jay Lindsay, The Republic, September 4, 2013
Victims “Out” Two Abusive Catholic Priests, SNAP, September 12, 2013
Group Wants Further Disclosure of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse, By Deanna Garcia, WESA, September 12, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 2, 2013.