Assignment Record– Rev. Benedict Joseph Mawn, c.p.

Summary of Case: A Passionist priest ordained in 1945, Mawn worked in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Hartford and Boston, and the dioceses of Buffalo, Scranton, Manchester, Worcester and Springfield in MA. He died July 17, 1998. Mawn was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy at a Boston parish in 1976.

: 1945
Died: July 17, 1998


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Baltimore archbishop was Michael Joseph Curley (1921-1947).

1946 St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery




Buffalo bishop was John Francis O'Hara, C.S.C. (1945-1951).



Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary Dunkirk NY  

Holy Cross had 115-94 seminarians.

The 1948 Directory indexes but does not list Mawn in the Buffalo diocesan pages as at this assignment.


Scranton bishop was William Joseph Hafey (1938-1954).

1952 St. Ann's Scranton PA  

St. Ann's had a grade school with 283-301 students, and a high school with 116-100 students.

Mawn is indexed in the Directories as at St. Ann's, but is not listed there in the Scranton diocesan pages.


Baltimore archbishop was Francis Patrick Keough (1947-1961).

1957 St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Baltimore MD    


Hartford archbishop was Henry Joseph O'Brien (1945-1968).

1959 Holy Family Monastery Farmington CT  


Keough was succeeded as Baltimore archbishop by Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1961-1974).

1962 St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Baltimore MD   The 1962 Directory indexes but does not list Mawn in the Baltimore archdiocesan pages as at St. Joseph's.


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

1963 St. Gabriel Monastery Boston (Brighton) MA  


Springfield archbishop was Christopher Joseph Weldon (1950-1977).

1968 Our Mother of Sorrows Monastery (Passionist Fathers) West Springfield MA Retreat Master 1965-1967 The 1968 Directory indexes but does not list Mawn in the Springfield diocesan pages as at this monastery.


Worcester bishop was Bernard Joseph Flanagan (1959-1983).

1969 Passionist Fathers Worcester MA  


Cushing was followed as Boston archbishop by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).


St. Gabriel Monastery


Boston (Brighton)

Mawn was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy at St. Gabriel's in 1976.

MA   The 1976 Directory indexes but does not list Mawn as at this monastery.
1978 1979 St. Catherine of Siena Norwood MA 4/6 St. Catherine's had a school with 821 students.


Bernard Francis Law succeeded Medeiros (1984-2002).

1984 St. Mary's Winchester MA

4/5, 4/4, 6/6

In residence.

St. Mary's had a school with 205-238 students.
1984 1989 St. Louis de France (French) Lowell MA


In residence.

St. Louis' had a grade school with 276-218 students, and a high school with 130-110 girls.


Manchester bishop was Odore Joseph Gendron (1974-1990), followed by Leo Edward O'Neill (1990-1997), and John Brendan McCormack (1998-2011).

1999 St. Mark's Londonderry NH  

Address given is Box 946 Londonderry, NH. Passionist Historical Archives states Mawn lived at St. Mark's.




Mawn died July 17, 1998.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1946-1999)

JOHN DOE Nos. 30 - 68 and MARY ROE Nos. 6 - 8, v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, C.A. 05-0006, Dec. 27, 2007
Letter to Dr. Mary Jane Doherty, Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Boston Review Board, July 27, 2011
Mass. Group Discloses New Names of Accused Priests, By Jay Lindsay, Boston Globe, July 28, 2011
Passionist Historical Archives, August 2011

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