Rev. John F. Dority, O.F.M.

Summary of Case: Dority was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of having sexually abused two Massachusetts boys between 1966-1972, beginning when the boys were ages 10 and 13, respectively. Dority admitted to the abuse. Dority was a Franciscan priest in Brazil during those years and abused the boys during trips home to MA, where he was a fill-in priest at a parish. He also worked at parishes in Ringwood, New Jersey and New York City. He left the Franciscans in 1976, and was convicted in 2005 of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in Rhode Island. He had also been charged with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old male. He served two years of a 20 year prison sentence, and was released in 2007. He was known in March 2011 to be living in Coventry, CT. He died in August 2019.

: 1967
Died: August 31, 2019


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1967 1973 St. Anne's Friary Anapolis Brazil The 1972 and 1973 Directories index Dority as in Anapolis Est. Goias Brazil C.P. 160 (HNProv), and do not refer to St. Anne's Friary, so it's possible he was elsewhere from 1971-1973.
1968 1969   Jatai Goiaz, Brazil    


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

1973 Holy Name


Dority was accused in a 2010 lawsuit as having sexually abused two Massachusetts boys, one from 1968 or 1969, beginning when the boy was 13 years old, until 1972. The second boy was said to have been sexually abused by Dority beginning when the boy was 10 years old in 1966 or 1967, and continuing until about 1971. Dority admitted he had abused them.

MA fill-in Dority worked at this parish during his leaves from Brazil to visit family.
1969 1971     Ceres, Brazil   The 1969, 1970 and 1971 Directories each index Dority twice, placing him in two different locations in Brazil.


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983)

1975 St. Stephen of Hungary New York (Manhatten) NY 4/12 Parish had a school with 284 students.  


Paterson bishop was Lawrence Bernard Brennan Casey (1966-1977)

1976 St. Catherine of Bologna Ringwood

Accused in a lawsuit in July 2020 of abusing a child, ages 13-14, at St. Catherine's 1975-76. 

3/3 Parish had a school with 372 students.

Dority is not indexed beyond the 1976 Directory.

1976 2003         Dority left the Franciscans in 1976. At some point he moved to Rhode Island.
2003 2005  


Dority was arrested in Sept. 2003 and charged with molesting a 12-year- old boy, and for the sexual assault of a 19-year-old male youth.

RI   Dority was convicted in 2005 of molesting the 12 year-old, was sentenced 20 years in prison, with 3 years to serve and 17 years suspended.
2005 2007       inmate Dority was released from prison in 2007.
2007 2019   Coventry CT   Per the sex offender registry in March 2011, Dority was living in CT. He died August 31, 2019.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1967-1976)

Man Faces 2nd Molestation Charge, By Elizabeth Gudrais, Providence Journal-Bulletin, September 15, 2003
John Doe No. 70 & John Doe No. 71 vs. Order of Friars Minor Province of the Most Holy Name, Aug. 2, 2010
Groups: Ri Diocese Should Name Accused Priests, Turn to 10, March 28, 2011
Update: Advocates Want Information on Accused Priests, Buffalo News, March 29, 2011
Plaintiff v Diocese of Paterson et al, July 30, 2020
Introvigne Funeral Home, August 31, 2019


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This assignment record was last updated on March 28, 2021.