Assignment Record– Rev. Robert W. Kirchmeyer

Summary of Case: Kirchmeyer's personnel file was released by the archdiocese in January 2004, due to allegations of abuse. He was not removed from ministry because the accusations were either anonymous, or they were withdrawn. Kirchmeyer retired in Febuary 2004, and died February 26, 2008.

Born: June 4, 1926
: January 10, 1952
Retired: February 2, 2004
Died: February 26, 2008


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1956 St. Stephen's Framingham MA 3/3 ,4/4 Parish had a school with 211-235 boys and 227-345 girls.


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

1971 St. John the Evangelist Winthrop MA 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 Parish had a school with 423-277 boys and 458-305 girls.
1971 1975 St. Gregory's Boston (Dorchester) MA 4/6, 3/5, 2/5 Parish had a school with 426-384 boys and 467-429 girls, and a high school with 550-578 girls.
1975 1983 St. Joseph's Holbrook MA 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school with 290-236 students.


Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1983-2002), followed by Sean Patrick O'Malley (2003- ).

2004 St. Alphonsus Beverly-Danvers MA 1/2  
2004 2008 Senior Priests/Retired Files were released by the archdiocese in 2004 due to allegations of child sexual abuse, but Kirchmeyer was not removed from ministry because the allegations were either anonymous or withdrawn.     Kirchmeyer died in Florida on February 26, 2008.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1953-2009)

New Files Show Paquin Victim Abused by 2 Priests, By Robin Washington, Boston Herald, January 15, 2004
Father Kirchmeyer Retires from St. Alphonsus, By Robert M. O'Grady, The Pilot, February 27, 2004
Father Kirchmeyer, Former Pastor in Beverly, By Father Robert M. O’Grady, The Pilot, March 7, 2008
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on October 5, 2015.