Assignment Record – Rev. Michael John Carew, S.V.D.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Divine Word Missionaries, Carew worked in Ghana, West Africa and in Massachusetts. Although the Boston archdiocese assignment history for Crew shows his ordination year as 1949, the Divine Word Missionaries indicate he was ordained in 1946. Carew was accused in 2002 of the sexual abuse of two girls in the early 1960s. He was removed from ministry in 1970 and laicized in 1971. His whereabouts thereafter are unknown.

Ordained: 1946
Laicized: 1971

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Accra bishop was Adolph Alexander Noser, s.v.d. (1944-1953). followed by Joseph Oliver Bowers, s.v.d. (1953-1971).

1957     Gold Coast/Ghana West Africa missionary  


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

1960 Miramar Retreat House Duxbury MA    
1960 1963 Immaculate Conception


• A woman reported to the Boston archdiocese in April 2002 that when she was 14 years-old in the early 1960s and Carew was an Immaculate Conception priest, Carew sexually abused her during a visit with her family in their home. He was at the home to counsel her parents. Carew was said to have slipped into the girl's bed when he thought she was sleeping, and wrapped her hand around his penis.

• A woman informed the Boston archdiocese in May 2002 that she was sexually abused by Carew on a CYO bus trip in 1962 or 1963, when she was 15 years-old. The woman stated that she knew another girl who was similarly abused.

MA 4/4, 3/3

Parish had a school with 210-209 boys and 189-190 girls.



Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1970 Our Lady of Grace Chelsea-Everett MA 5/5, 4/4, 3/4, 4/5

Our Lady of Grace had a school with 294-213 boys and 385-234 girls.

Carew was placed on leave in 1970 and laicized in 1971.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1950-1974).

McCarthy Memo, April 1, 2002
McCarthy Memo, May 1, 2002
Oliver Letter, May 20, 2003
Carew Status and Assignment History, Boston archdiocese, Dec. 18, 2011
Clergy accused of Child Sexual Abuse in the Boston Archdiocese, Boston archdiocese, Aug. 25, 2011
Stories of the Chicago Province, Miramar and Boston, pdf p. 45,
List of Accused Local Clergy, Daily News, August 26, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on May 17, 2014.