Assignment Record– Msgr. John J. Lane

Summary of Case: Msgr. John J. Lane was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused two children while he was pastor of St. Theresa's in North Reading MA, where he served 1949-1971. He died in 1971.

: 1925
Died: June 2, 1971


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1926 St. Joseph's Ipswich MA 2/2  
1925 1926 St. Mary's Rowley MA   This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Ipswich.
1926 1927 St. Brigid's Framingham MA 2/2  
1927 1929 St. John's Canton MA 2/3 Parish had a school with 196-197 boys and 216-222 girls.


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

1949 St. Peter's Lowell MA 4/5, 3/4, 3/5, 1/4, 2/5 Parish had a school with 382-493 boys and 361-445 girls.
1949 1971 Sanatorium North Reading MA Chaplain  


Humberto Sousa Medeiros replaced Cushing (1970-1983).

1971 St. Theresa's

North Reading

Accused in 2002 of having sexually abused two children at St. Theresa's. (Sherman letter 2002)

MA 1/2, 1/3

Lane is first referred to as "Monsignor" in the 1961 Directory.

Lane died June 2, 1971.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1926-1971)

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 Sept. 9, 2010.