Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph A. Fusoni
Summary of Case: Joseph A. Fusoni was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1960. He was transferred often during his career, doing parish work in the towns of Ayer, Brookline, Everett, Boston, Lynn, Chelsea, Weymouth, Dedham, Revere, Wakefield and Cambridge. He went on a brief health leave late 1974- early 1975, and a longer leave of absence 1978-79. He died of lung cancer in 1988, at age 55. Fusoni was accused in 1993 of having molested a 15-year-old altar boy in 1985. His accuser reported that the pastor had been told of the abuse, and the pastor said there had been a previous complaint of sexual abuse of a boy by Fusoni.
Died: July 3, 1988
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|2/12/62||St. Mary's||Ayer||MA||Parish had a school with 146 boys and 145 girls.|
|2/13/62||2/11/63||St. Jerome's||Weymouth||MA||4/4||Parish had a school with 154 boys and 138 girls.|
|2/12/63||6/06/66||St. Mary's||Dedham||MA||4/4||Parish had a school with 344-395 boys and 318-398 girls.|
|6/07/66||6/21/67||Our Lady of Lourdes||Revere||MA||4/4|
|6/22/67||1/08/68||St. Mary of the Assumption||Brookline||MA||Assistant|
Following Cushing as archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|10/07/70||3/03/74||St. Anthony's||Revere||MA||4/4, 4/5, 3/5|
|3/29/74||11/30/74||Sacred Heart||Lynn||MA||Technical Assistant/In Res.|
|12/01/74||1/20/75||Health Leave/Our Lady's Hall||Milton||MA|
|1/21/75||7/14/75||Our Lady of Grace||Chelsea||MA||Associate Pastor|
|1/01/78||11/13/79||Leave of Absence||This is per the archdiocese's assignment history and is not reflected in the Directories.|
Parish had a school with 318-301 students.
This assignment is per the Directories, and is not included in the archdiocese's assignment history for Fusoni.
Bernard Francis Law succeeded Medeiros (1984-2002).
• Accused in 1993 of having molested a 15-year-old altar boy during the summer of 1985. The victim claimed that the pastor, Fr. O'Sullivan, had been told of the abuse and that O'Sullivan said there had been a previous allegation against Fusoni by the parents of another boy. (Demand letter from personnel file, March 27, 1995)
|MA||3/4, 3/3, 2/3||Parish had a school with 160 students.|
|7/02/85||7/02/88||St. John the Evangelist||Cambridge||MA||1/4||
Parish had a school with 168 students.
Fusoni died July 3, 1988.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-1989); Fusoni Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston
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This assignment record was last updated on November 9, 2015.