Assignment Record– Rev. James T. McKeon

Summary of Case: A woman accused McKeon in 2002 of having sexually abused her and her female cousins in the 1940s when they were little girls. She also stated that when her family complained, they were told to stay quiet "for the good of the church." McKeon died in 1965.

Born: 1901
: 1928
Died: August 3, 1965


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

11/06/28 St. Mary of the Nativity Scituate MA assistant (pro tem)  



4/30/40 St. Peter's Cambridge MA 4/4, 5/5, 4/5, 3/5 Parish had a school with 265-475 boys and 272-481 girls.
1940 1941 St. Thomas Millis MA 2/2  
1940 1941 St. Theresa's Chapel Sherborn MA   This was a mission of St. Thomas in Millis.
5/01/40 1/14/41 St. Edward's Brockton MA assistant  
1/15/41 5/13/41 St. Margaret's Beverly Farms MA assistant  
5/14/41 7/27/42 St. Mary's Billerica MA assistant  
7/28/42 9/29/42 Relieved from Duty        
9/30/42 11/08/43 St. Thomas Millis MA 2/2  
9/30/42 11/08/43 St. Theresa's Chapel Sherborn MA   This was a mission of St. Thomas in Millis.


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

12/14/47 Sacred Heart (East) Boston MA 2/4, 3/4 Parish had a school with 332-309 boys and 346-328 girls.
12/15/47 1/28/48 St. Margaret's Boston (Dorchester) MA 2/4 Parish had a school with 46 boys and 466 girls.  
1/29/48 5/18/48 Health Leave        
5/19/48 9/27/48 St. Joseph's Somerville MA assistant  
9/29/48 9/11/49 St. Anthony's

Boston (Allston)

In 2002 a 61-year- old woman stated publicly that McKeon sexually abused her and her cousins in the 1940s when they were little girls and St. Anthony's parishioners. She said her family complained, but were told to stay silent "for the good of the church."

MA 2/5 Parish had a school with 239 boys and 237 girls.  
9/12/49 5/14/50 St. Margaret's (Campello) Brockton MA 2/3  
5/15/50 9/30/52 St. Joseph's Boston MA 4/4, 3/4 Parish had a school with 380-375 boys and 389-358 girls.
10/01/52 1/17/60 St. Mary of the Assumption Dracut (Collinsville) MA 1/1, 1/2, 1/3  
1952 1959 St. Mary of the Lake Lakeview MA   summer only
1/1/60 8/02/65 Our Lady of Lourdes Boston (Jamaica Plain) MA 1/4, 1/5 McKeon died Aug. 3, 1965

Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1929-1966)

Women Also Allege Abuse; Pedophile Priests Targeted Girls, Too; Girls Among Victims of Priest Molestation, By Maggie Mulvihill, Tom Mashberg and Robin Washington, Boston Herald, February 25, 2002
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register,
August 25, 2011
North Shore Priests on List, Salem News, August 26, 2011
McKeon Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston
Boston Archdiocese: 15 Accused Priests Had Worked in Somerville Parishes, By Andy Metzger, Wicked Local Somerville
August 30, 2011,


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