Assignment Record– Rev. John E. Guiney

Summary of Case: John E. Guiney was a priest of the Boston archdiocese ordained in 1947. He worked at the Catholic Boys' Guidance Center prior to going on "sick leave" for a year. He then assisted at parishes across the archdiocese before being named pastor of St. Teresa's in Watertown in 1973. Guiney retired in 1988 and died June 2, 1998. Guiney's name was included in a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.

: 1947
Retired: 1988
Died: June 2, 1998


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1949 Emmanuel College Boston MA Chaplain  
1949 1951 Catholic Boys' Guidance Center Boston MA Assistant Director The Center served 51 boys.
1951 1952 Absent on Sick Leave        
1952 1966 Immaculate Conception Malden MA 4/6, 5/6, 6/7, 4/6 Parish had a grade school with 585-708 boys and 575-631 girls, and a high school with 508-429 boys and 276-337 girls.
1952 1966 St. Peter's (Italian) Malden MA   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception.
1966 1969 Blessed Sacrament Boston (Jamaica Plain) MA 2/5 Parish had a grade school with 455-369 boys and a high school with 460-398 girls.


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

1973 St. James Arlington MA 2/3, 2/4 Parish had a school with 85-100 boys and 120-99 girls.


Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).

1987 St. Theresa's Watertown MA 1/2  
1987 1988         Guiney is not indexed in the 1988 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous assignment or as retired.
1988 1998 Retired Athol MA   Guiney died June 2, 1998

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1999)

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This assignment record was last updated on September 9, 2020.