Assignment Record– Rev. Kenneth B. Murphy

Summary of Case: Murphy was ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1946. He worked in Lowell, Weymouth and several Boston neighborhoods, retiring in 1996 to West Hyannis, MA. He died in 1999. Murphy's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011. Per Garabedian, at least one claim against Murphy was settled.

Born: 1921
: 1946
Died: May 22, 1999


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
6/26/46 9/10/46 St. Patrick's Lowell MA assistant  


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

5/15/49 St. Jerome's Weymouth MA 3/3, 2/3  


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

8/30/71 St. Francis De Sales Boston (Charlestown) MA 4/4, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 2/3

Parish had a school with 362-120 boys and 407-120 boys.

Murphy is said to have supervised a youth group called "The Hawks" in Charlestown, beginning in 1959. (Charlestown Online, July 20, 2006)

Per his obituary, Murphy founded Rescue, Inc., which was a suicide prevention program. He was a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, the Knights of Columbus Council 3049 in West Roxbury, and the Fourth Degree Father McGivney Assembly in West Roxbury. He as also state chaplain emeritus of the MA Knights of Columbus. (The Boston Herald, May 27, 1999)

8/31/71 7/23/73 St. Vincent De Paul's (South) Boston MA 1/5  


Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).

6/30/96 Holy Name Boston (West Roxbury) MA 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/2, 1/3 Parish had a school with 771-600 students.
7/01/96 5/22/99 Senior Priest/Retired West Hyannisport MA   Murphy died May 22, 1999.

Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1947-2000); Kenneth B. Murphy Assignment Record, Archdiocese of Boston

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This assignment record was last updated on October 28, 2015.