Assignment Record– Rev. William F. Maloney

Summary of Case: A priest of the Boston archdiocese ordained in 1959, Maloney worked in Wakefield, Wellesley and North Reading parishes before serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, beginning in 1968. He went on leave of absence in 1973 and was laicized in 1974. Maloney was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused one person in the 1960s, while an assistant at St. Theresa's in North Reading.

Born: 1934
: 1959
Laicized: 1974


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1965 St. Joseph's Wakefield MA    



1967 St. John the Evangelist Wellesley MA 3/3, 2/3 Parish had a school beginning in 1965 with 27-50 boys and 23-38 girls.
1967 1968 St. Theresa's

North Reading

Accused in 2002 of having sexually abused one person while at St. Theresa's. (Sherman letter 2002)

MA 2/3  


Humberto Sousa Medeiros followed Cushing (1970-1983).

1973 U.S. Navy     Chaplain  
1973 1974 Leave of Absence       Maloney is not indexed beyond the 1974 Directory. He was laicized in 1974. (Archdiocese of Boston Categories of Accused Priests)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-1974)

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This assignment record was last updated on October 27, 2015.