Assignment Record– Rev. James C. Shaughnessy / Shaughnessey

Summary of Case: James C. Shaughnessey was ordained for the Diocese of Harrisburg PA in 1937, where he ministered in parishes until going on Sick Leave 1941-44. He moved to the Archdiocese of Boston in 1945, where he was incardinated in 1949. He retired in 1977 and died in 1989. Shaughnessey's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.

Born: 1902
: 1937
Incardinated: Harrisburg PA 1937-49; Boston MA 1949-64; Harrisburg but working in Boston 1964-81; Boston 1981-89.
Retired: 1977
Died: 12/10/1989


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes


Harrisburg bishop was George Leo Leech (1935-1971).

1941 St. Mary of the Assumption Lebanon PA 3/3 Harrisburgdiocese. Parish school had 215 boys and 229 girls.
1941 1944 Sick leave        
1944 1945 St. Joan of Arc Hershey PA 2/2 Harrisburgdiocese. Parish school had 41 boys and 47 girls.
1944 1945 St. Lucy Waltonville PA 2/2 Mission of St. Joan's.


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

11/20/45 St. Joseph's Pepperell MA assistant Boston archdiocese.
11/21/45 1/15/46 St. James the Greater Boston MA assistant Boston archdiocese.



3/11/47 St. Anne's Readville MA 3/3 Boston archdiocese. Parish school had 136 boys and 130 girls in 1945-46.
3/12/47 9/02/47 St. Aidam's Brookville MA assistant Boston archdiocese.


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

9/19/60 St. James Haverhill MA 4/4 to 2/4 Boston archdiocese. In 1947-48, the parish elementary school had 307 boys and 295 girls; the high school had 146 boys and 206 girls.
9/20/60 2/14/61 Holy Family Rockland MA 2/3 Boston archdiocese. The parish school had 171 boys and 185 girls. Indexed here in the Directory but not listed.
12/14/61 9/19/67 St. Thomas Aquinas Boston (Jamaica Plain) MA 2/5 Boston archdiocese.
9/20/67 10/14/77 St. Michael's North Andover MA 2/4 Boston archdiocese. The parish school had 320 boys and 324 girls.


Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).

1986   Woburn MA Retired  
1986 1989   Waltham MA Retired Shaughnessy died December 10, 1989.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1954-2008); Archdiocese of Boston database accessed August 2015

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This assignment record was last updated on November 2, 2015.