Assignment Record– Rev. John J. Dewire

Summary of Case: A priest of the Boston archdiocese ordained in 1946, Dewire had numerous assignments in parishes throughout the archdiocese and was a juvenile court chaplain. He retired in 1991 and died in 1994. Dewire was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of repeatedly of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old boy in 1967, while assigned to a Waltham MA parish. The case was settled, as announced in 2011 by attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

Ordained: 1946
Died: 1994

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1948 St. Bridget's Abington
MA 2/2  
1948 1949 St. Benedict's Somerville
MA 4/4 Parish had a school with 364 boys and 338 girls.
1949 1951 St. Mary of the Assumption Hull MA 2/3  
1949 1951 St. Ann's Waveland
MA   St. Ann's was a mission of St. Mary of the Assumption
1949 1951 St. Mary of the Bay Pemberton
MA   St. Mary of the Bay was a mission of St. Mary of the Assumption
1951 1957 St. Joseph's Needham
MA 2/3 Parish had a school beginning in 1954 with 82-154 boys and 84-142 girls.
1957 1958 Sacred Heart Watertown
MA 4/4 Parish had a school with 202 boys and 209 girls.


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

1973 St. Mary's


• Dewire was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old boy in 1967.

MA 4/5,3/5,3/4,2/4,2/5,1/4
Parish had a grade school with 450-88 boys and 430-86 girls and a high school with 251-19 boys and 219-0 girls.
1973 1981 St. Lawrence's Brookline
MA 1/3,1/2  


Bernard Francis Law follwed Sousa as Boston archbishop (1984-2002).

1985 St. Ann's Wayland
MA 2/2,3/3  
1985 1986 St. Mary Star of the Sea Beverly-Danvers
MA 3/3 Parish had a school with 245 students.
    East Middlesex County Juvenile Court   MA   This assignment is per news reports.
1986 1989 St. Anthony's (Italian) Revere
MA 2/4,2/3  
1989 1992 Immaculate Conception Marlboro
MA 2/3,3/4,4/4 Parish had a school with 257 students. Dewire listed in 1992 Official Catholic Directory as retired and in residence.
1992 1993 Regina Cleri Boston MA   Regina Cleri was a retirement home for priests.
1993 1994 St. Joseph Home Dorchester MA  

St. Joseph's was a nursing care facility.

Died Oct. 28, 1994

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1947-1994).

Rev. John Dewire, 73, Was Pastor at St. Lawrence, The Boston Globe, October 31, 1994
16 Priests Named for First Time in Sexual Abuse Lawsuits, By Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, January 30, 2003
Bishop Hart Named in New Lawsuits, Norwich Prelate Seen As Negligent Supervisor in Sex Abuse Legal Claims, By Kenton Robinson, The Day [New London CT], January 30, 2003
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
North Shore Priests on List, Salem News, August 26, 2011
Boston Archdiocese: 15 Accused Priests Had Worked in Somerville Parishes, By Andy Metzger, Wicked Local Somerville, August 30, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated September 23, 2015.


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