Assignment Record– Rev. William H. Morgan
Summary of Case: Morgan admitted in 1992 to having molested two young cousins decades earlier. A nephew accused him in a 2001 lawsuit of having molested him in the 1950s and 1960s, when the nephew was ages 3-12. Morgan stepped down as a parish pastor in 1993, per recommendation of the archdiocesan review board. He died in 1999.
Died: February 8, 1999
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|2/22/67||St. John the Evangelist||
• Accused in a 2001 lawsuit of having molested his nephew when the nephew was ages 3-12, and Morgan was assigned to St. John's. (Boston Herald
• Morgan admitted in 1992 that he had molested two young cousins about 30 years earlier. (Boston Herald
|MA||3/3, 2/3, 2/4||Parish had a grade school with 172-404 boys and 169-390 girls, and a high school until 1955 with 4-2 boys and 39-16 girls.|
|2/23/67||6/11/68||St. Paul's||Hingham||MA||2/3||Parish had a school with 158 boys and 160 girls.|
Humberto Sousa Medeiros followed Cushing as archbishop (1970-1983).
|11/23/75||Cathedral of the Holy Cross||Boston||MA||12/14, 10/11, 7/9, 8/11, 8/14||The Cathedral had a school with 135-125 boys and 158-109 girls.|
|6/12/68||11/23/75||Cursillo/Christian Family Movement||Boston||MA||Director||This assignment is per the archdiocese's assignment history for Morgan.|
|9/15/73||3/03/75||Holy Trinity (German)||Boston||MA||1/3|
|3/04/75||4/06/81||St. Francis of Assisi||Medford||MA||1/6, 1/4, 1/5, 1/3||Parish had a school with 456-285 students.|
Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).
|11/03/86||St. John the Evangelist||Winthrop||MA||1/3, 1/4||Parish had a school with 287-220 students.|
|11/04/86||6/30/93||St. Thomas More||
|MA||1/2, 1/1||In 1992 the archdiocese received an anonymous letter about Morgan that led to an investigation by the archdiocese. The review board recommended that Morgan resign as pastor in March 1993. (Boston Herald
February 5, 2001)
|7/01/93||2/08/99||Retired||Gloucester||MA||The address listed for Morgan in the 1994-1997 Directories was 51 Atlantic Ave., Gloucester, MA. For a few years before his death he lived at Regina Cleri, which was a home for retired priests in Boston, near Mass. General Hospital. He volunteered in local parishes and taught on Cursillo weekends. (Boston Globe
February 14, 1999)
Morgan died February 8, 1999.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1951-2000); Archdiocese of Boston, Categories of Accused Priests
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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 8, 2010.