Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph P. Fratic

Summary of Case: Fratic was placed on "unassigned" status in 2004, due to an allegation that he had sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in 1979. Per his accuser, the abuse occurred after another priest with whom Fratic served, Rev. Paul Hurley, provided the boy with alcohol and pornography.

: 1964


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

4/17/64 St. Joseph's (Lithuanian) Lowell MA 2/2  
4/18/64 9/26/66 St. Francis Lawrence MA 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a K-8 school with 152-132 boys and 142-134 girls.
4/18/64 9/26/66 St. Vincent de Paul Methuen MA   This was a mission of St. Francis in Lawrence.


Humberto Sousa Medeiros replaced Cushing (1970-1983).

11/21/71 Sacred Heart Malden MA 4/5, 4/6, 3/4 Parish had a school with 360-202 boys and 412-198 girls, and a high school with 166-36 girls.


Succeeding Medeiros was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

7/31/84 St. Paul's


Fratic was named in a 2004 lawsuit as having sexually abused a 13-year- old boy in 1979. The accuser said that Fratic molested him after another priest at St. Paul's, Rev. Paul W. Hurley, lured him to his home and plied him with alcohol and pornography. (Boston Herald
February 6, 2004)

MA 4/5, 3/5, 2/4, 2/8, 2/9 Parish had a school with 80-50 students.
9/11/72 7/31/84 St. Paul's Choir School Cambridge MA part-time faculty  
9/11/72 4/30/81 Regional Director of Liturgy Boston MA    
8/01/84 3/11/85 St. Bernard's Concord MA 3/3  
3/12/85 9/30/85 Most Precious Blood Dover MA administrator (temp)  
10/01/85 4/04/88 St. Luke's Belmont MA 3/3  
4/05/88 6/03/01 Most Precious Blood Dover MA 1/1 News reports state that Fratic spent 2000 on sabbatical at the Catholic University fo Louvain in Belgium. The Directory does not reflect this.


Sean Patrick O'Malley followed Law as archbishop (2003- ).

9/2504 St. Jerome's Arlington MA 1/1  
9/26/04 2015 Unassigned/Restricted        

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1964-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on September 29, 2015.