Rev. John "Jack" Curley

: 1966


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983)

1972 St. Francis of Assisi (South) Braintree MA

4/4, 3/3

Paul Shanley was the second priest 1967-1969.

Parish had a school with 298-235 boys and 309-226 girls.

Shanley was convicted in 2005 of child rape. He is alleged to have sexually abused many children-boys as well as girls- and many vulnerable adults.

1971   The Pilgrim Center Braintree MA Executive Director

The Pilgrim Center was a residence for trouble boys. The home was established in 1971, with the support of builder and developer Thomas J. Flatley. The center expanded in 1977 when a second property was purchased for its use. Curley is known to have directed the Center at least through 1983. (Boston Globe, Dec. 5, 1983)

Shanley mentions Curley and the Pilgrim Center in a July 1972 newsletter. (Boston archdiocesan documents, Shanely covering letter, July 1, 1972, p.10)

1972 1976 St. Gerard Majella Canton MA


In residence.



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

1984 St. Augustine's (South) Boston MA

3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 5/6

In residence.

Parish had a school with 262-265 students.
1984 1986         Curley is not indexed in the 1985 or 1986 Directories.
1986 1987 Awaiting Assignment        
1987 1993 Our Lady Help of Christians Concord MA 2/2, 1/1, 1/2  
1993 1994         Curley is not indexed in the 1994 Directory.
1994 1997 St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Boston (Brighton) MA   Although Curley is indexed as at St. Elizabeth's in the 1995 through 1997 Directories, he is not listed in the Boston archdiocesan pages or the Hospitals section as there. The 1997 Directory indexes Curley as John H. Curley, s.j. (BO) and places him at St. Elizabeth's, at St. Mary's in Dedham, and as Absent on Sick Leave.
1996 1999 St. Mary's Dedham MA

4/4, 5/5

In residence.

Rev. John J. Dooher was pastor.

In a 2003 MA Attorney General's report Dooher is said to have met with pastors in parishes affected by abuse cases in the mid-1990s. Also, Bishop McCormack stated in a 2002 deposition that Dooher participated in archdiocesan conversations in 1994 about where to house abusive priests. Dooher was elevated to bishop in 2006.

Curley died Nov. 1, 1999

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1967-2000)

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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 3, 2011