Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph W. Kenney

Summary of Case: One of 12 priests named as abusers in a lawsuit filed 9/02 against the Boston Archdiocese, Cardinal Law and others. Suit alleges that church officials failed to respond to complaints of sexual abuse, protected the perpetrators and sought to cover up the evidence. Kenney died in 1992. No information on victims or when abuse occurred.

Born: 1905
Ordained: 1931
Died: January 11, 1992


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), followed by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

6/28/58 St. Patrick's Brockton MA 4/4 ,3/4, 2/4 Parish had a grade school with 206-292 boys and 223-437 girls. Beginning in 1944 it also had a high school with 31-9 boys and 113-163 girls.
6/29/58 3/31/69 Our Lady of the Rosary Stoughton MA 1/2  


Humberto Sousa Medeiros succeeded Cushing (1970-1983), followed by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1/11/92 St. Patrick's


Named in a 2002 lawsuit against the Boston archdiocese as a perpetrator of child sexual abuse. (Boston Globe
September 19, 2002)

MA 1/4, 1/3, 1/5, 2/3, 3/3, 4/4, 2/2, 3/4

Parish had a grade school with 151-97 boys and 175-85 girls, until 1972.


Kenney retired in 1980. He died January 11, 1992

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1932-1993)

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