Assignment Record– Rev. Edward F. Sherry

Summary of Case: Sherry was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy beginning in 1968, when the boy was ages 13-16. He was kept in active ministry for seven months before being placed on leave in August 2003. He was reinstated in June 2005, after the Diocesan Review Board determined they could not substantiate the claims. Sherry died in March 2011.

: 1968
Incardinated: Boston archdiocese
Died: March 8, 2011


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1973 St. Joseph's


Sherry was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having fondled and raped a boy at St. Joseph's beginning in about 1968, when the boy was 13-16 years old. (Boston Globe
January 30, 2003)

MA 4/4, 3/3, 2/3 Parish had a school until 1972 with 252-179 boys and 246-150 girls.
1972 1973 Incarnation of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Melrose MA    
1973 1982 Immaculate Conception Malden MA

6/6, 3/4, 3/6, 3/7, 2/5, 1/4

Sherry was in residence 1973-1974.

Parish had a grade school with 681-435 students and a high school with 260-180 girls.
1982 1983 St. Raphael's Medford MA 3/3 Parish had a school with 340 students.


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

1985 St. Mary's Winchester MA 4/6, 4/4 Parish had a school with 238-230 students.
1985 1993 Immaculate Conception Newburyport MA 2/2, 2/3

Parochial Vicar
Parish had a school with 185-201 students.
1985 1993 St. James Plum Island MA   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Newburyport.
1993 1994         Sherry is not indexed in the 1994 Directory.
1994 1998 St. Thomas of Villanova Wilmington MA 2/2, 2/3

Parochial Vicar


Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

Aug. 2003 Nativity Merrimac MA 1/1, 1/2 Despite an accusation in Jan. 2003 of that he sexually abused a child in the late 1960s-early1970s, Sherry was kept in active ministry by the archdiocese. (Boston Globe
March 5, 2003) Richard Lennon was interim bishop when the accusation surfaced. In July 2003 Sean O'Malley was installed as archbishop. Sherry was put on leave in August. (Boston Globe [Boston MA]
August 24, 2003)
Aug. 2003 June 2005 On Leave        
2005 2010 Nativity/Holy Redeemer West Newbury MA 1/1

Sherry was allowed to return to active ministry in June 2005. ( [Boston MA]
June 5, 2005)

The Directories continue to list Sherry as at Nativity 2003-2005.

Nativity and Holy Redeemer were supressed in 2006.

Sherry died March 8, 2011. (Boston Pilot
March 18, 2011)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on July 2, 2011.