Assignment Record– Rev. Charles R. Kane

Summary of Case: Kane died in 1986. In 1998 his sister told a priest that Kane had sexually abused her youngest son, and that "something was going on" with a "young man" who had moved in with Kane, and to whom Kane left his estate.

: 1953
Died: May 19, 1986


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

2/17/57 St. Cecilia's Ashland MA



2/18/57 2/15/59 St. Joseph's Medford MA 5/5 Parish had a school with 395 boys and 349 girls.1958
2/16/59 2/15/60 St. Theresa's Revere MA 3/3  
2/16/60 6/19/67 St. John Chrysostom Boston (West Roxbury) MA 2/2  


Succeeding Cushing was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

4/03/72 St. Brigid's Boston (South Boston) MA

3/3, 2/4


Parish had a school with 299-233 boys and 298-221 girls.
4/04/72 3/04/74 MA Correctional Institute Concord MA    
12/06/72 3/04/74 St. Mary's Billerica MA 3/3, 3/4, 2/3  
12/01/74 3/31/75 Health Leave        
4/01/75 6/30/75         There is a gap in assignments/whereabouts in the Boston archdiocese's assignment history for Kane.
7/01/75 10/25/76 St. Mary's Georgetown MA    
12/26/76 5/14/79 St. Joseph's Ipswich MA 2/2  
5/15/79 9/28/81 St. Philip Neri's Newton (Waban) MA

3/3, 4/4

Noted in the Directory to be in residence 1980-1981.



Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1970-1983).

5/18/86 St. Michael's Bedford MA 1/2, 1/3

Kane died May 19, 1986

After Kane's death, in 1998, Kane's sister told a priest that her youngest son, Kane's nephew, was sexually abused as a child by Kane. Also, there had been a "young man" who had moved in with Kane, and she thought there was "something going on" between them.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-1987)

Memo to Rev. William F. Murphy from Sr. Rita V. McCarthy, June 8, 1998
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register,
August 25, 2011
North Shore Priests on List, Salem News, August 26, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on October 3, 2015.