Assignment Record– Rev. John M. Mendicoa

Summary of Case: Mendicoa, a native of the Basque region of Spain, was ordained in 1967 in Madrid for the Brogherhood of Diocesan Worker Priests of the Heart of Jesus. He appears to have arrived in the U.S. in 1969, and was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Boston in 1990. Mendicoa was put on administrative leave in August 2011, due to an allegation that he had sexually abused a child sometime in the 1980s. As of March 2012, however, he was listed on the archdiocesan website as "active." He was also listed as associate pastor at the parish from which he was said to have been removed in August 2011. Further, the March 18, 2012 church bulletin contained a solicitation for help for Mendicoa's legal expenses. The pastor of that parish apologized for using church resources to solicit funds for Mendicoa after the solicitation was brought to the public's attention.

Born: 1943
: 1967


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1967 1969       Mendicoa is not indexed in the 1968 or 1969 Directories.


Greensburg bishop was Wiliiam Graham Connare (1960-1987).

1972 St. Vincent Archabbey Latrobe PA   Indexed and listed in the Greensburg diocesan pages as Rev. John Mendicoa, o.s.b. St. Vincent Abbey was a Benedictine Monastery.


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1978 Immaculate Conception Lowell MA 16/16

Parish had a school with 195-326 students.

Referred to as Rev. John Mendicoa, o.m.i. He is indexed as at this parish in the 1973 through 1978 Directories. However, he is listed as there in the Boston archdiocesan pages of the 1973 Directory only.

1973 1980 Newman Center Lowell MA    


Washington DC archbishop was William Wakefield Baum (1973-1980).

1980 ICS Publications   MD   From the ICS Publications website in Aug. 2011: ICS Publications is the publishing house of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, and a not-for-profit ministry of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars.


Baum was succeeded by James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000).


Diocesan Laborer Priests House of Studies Washington DC   There are two Mendicoa indexings in these Directories. The 1986-1990 Directories refer to the DC Mendicoa as as "Juan" M. Both Mendicoa's are indexed as having been ordained in 1967. The 1981 and 1982 Directories index John M. Mendicoa as only in DC.


Medeiros was succeeded as Boston archbishop by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

6/18/86 St. Michael's


An accusation emerged in August 2011 that Mendicoa had sexually abused a child sometime in the 1980s.

MA 4/5, 4/4 Parish had a school with 321-298 students.
6/18/86 1/30/94 St. Mary's Winchester MA 3/3 Parish had a school with 144 students.
1/30/94 4/25/95 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Lawrence MA 1/1 Administrator  
1995 1997         Mendicoa is not indexed in the 1996 or 1997 Directories.
4/25/95 3/13/96 Health Leave       This status is per the Boston archdiocesan website.
3/13/96 6/03/97 St. Brigid's South Boston MA Parochial Vicar/Temporary This status is per the Boston archdiocesan website.


Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M.Cap. (2003-).

8/08/11 Sacred Heart Boston (Roslindale) MA

2/3, 2/4, 2/2

Parochial Vicar 2009-2011

Mendicoa is referred to in the 2002-2003 Directories as "John J.", and "John M." thereafter.

Mendicoa was placed on administrative leave in Aug. 2011 due to an allegation that he had sexually abused a child sometime in the 1980s.

Mendicoa is listed on the archdiocesan website in March 2012 as "active", and still at Sacred Heart. A March 18, 2012 Sacred Heart church bulletin lists Mendicoa as associate pastor. In the same bulletin is a solicitation for help with legal expenses for "Fr. John" or "Padre Juan." Sacred Heart's pastor, Monsignor Francis Kelley, apologized for using church resources to solicit funds for Mendicoa after the solicitation received media attention.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-2010)

Reverend Placed on Leave after Abuse Allegations, Boston Channel, August 14, 2011
Archdiocese of Boston Places Reverend on Leave after Allegation of Sexual Abuse of a Child, By Antoinette Kelly, Fox 25, August 14, 2011
Boston Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse, By Boston Herald, Associated Press, August 14, 2011
Archdiocese Places Roslindale Priest on Leave, By L. Finch, Boston Globe, August 14, 2011
Archdiocese of Boston Places Rev. John M. Mendicoa on Administrative Leave, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, August 14, 2011
Roslindale Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse, Fox 25, August 15, 2011
Rev. John M. Mendicoa, Archdiocese of Boston Website, March 29, 2012
Rev. John M. Mendicoa Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston
Publication with Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child,
Sacred Heart-St. Andrew the Apostle Church bulletin, March 18, 2012
Priest Apologizes For Trying To Raise Funds For Accused Sex Abuser, CBS Boston, March 29, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on March 30, 2012.