Assignment Record– Rev. Arthur J. Hagan

Summary of Case: Arthur J. Hagan was ordained a priest for the Boston archdiocese in 1933. His assisted at parishes in Wrentham and Boston before being named pastor in 1954 of St. Joseph's in Roxbury. He retired in 1961 and died March 22, 1963. Hagan's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.

: 1933
Retired: 1961
Died: March 22, 1963


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).

1936 St. Mary's Wrentham MA 3/3  


O'Connell was succeeded by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1946 St. Margaret's Boston (Dorchester) MA 4/4, 3/4, 3/5 Parish had a grade school with 574-421 boys and 706-446 girls. Beginning in 1944 the parish had a high school with 122-140 girls.
1946 1951 St. Cecilia's Boston MA 3/4, 3/5, 2/4, 2/5  
1951 1954 Our Lady's Guild House Boston MA Chaplain This House is listed in the Directories under "Residences for Men and Women". It had 165 residence.
1951 1954 Sancta Maria Hospital Boston MA Chaplain  
1954 1961 St. Joseph's Boston (Roxbury) MA

1/3, 1/4, 1/5

Hagan is referred to as Monsignor beginning in the 1960 Directory.

Parish had a grade school with 272-161 boys and 290-201 girls, and a high school with 181-137 girls.
1961 1963 Retired       Hagan died March 22, 1963

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1935-1964)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on October 1, 2015.