Assignment Record– Rev. Michael D. Sullivan

Summary of Case: Ordained for the Boston archdiocese in 1945, Sullivan worked in Bridgewater, Forest Hills, Maynard, Lake Boone, Roxbury, Quincy and Norfolk parishes. He retired in 1993 and died in 2005. Sullivan's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011. Garabedian said he had settled at least one claim against Sullivan.

: 1945
Incardinated: Boston 1945-2005
Retired: 1993
Died: September 24, 2005


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes


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

1947 St. Thomas Aquinas Bridgewater MA 2/2. Archdiocese of Boston. No school.
1947 1952 St. Andrew's Forest Hills MA 5/5. Archdiocese of Boston. School had 128 boys and 127 girls in 1947-48.
1952 1960 St. Bridget's Maynard MA 2/3. Archdiocese of Boston. No school.
1952 1960   Lake Boone   2/3. Station of St. Bridget's in the summer.
1960 1964 St. Mary of the Angels Roxbury MA 3/3. Archdiocese of Boston. No school.


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

1971 St. John the Baptist Quincy MA 2/5. Archdiocese of Boston. Parish school had 215 boys and 223 girls in 1964-65.


Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).

1991 St. Jude's Norfolk MA 1/1. Archdiocese of Boston. No school.
    Whereabouts unknown.       Not indexed in the 1992 Directory.
1992 1997 Regina Cleri Boston MA Retired.  


Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap. succeeded Law (2003-).

2005 Regina Cleri Boston MA Retired.

Addresses of retired priests not provided in the Directory in these years.

Sullivan died September 24, 2005.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1946-2006); Obituary, by Rachel Slajda, Patriot Ledger (9/26/05).

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on November 3, 2015.