Assignment Record– Rev. Joseph P. Veneto

Summary of Case: Joseph P. Veneto was a Boston archdiocesan priest ordained in 1946. He assisted at parishes in Salem, Plymouth, Gloucester, Quincy and Somerville until 1972, when he was named pastor at St. Peter's in Malden. In 1975 he was assigned to St. Anthony's in Revere where he was pastor until 1987. From there he assisted briefly at a Melrose parish, retiring in 1988 to Quincy, and then Milton. He died in 1998. Venuto's name was included on a list of accused priests posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on January 19, 2011.

Born: 1918
: June 14, 1946
Died: January 24, 1998


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
6/26/46 10/16/47 St. Mary's Salem MA assistant  


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

5/14/50 St. Mary's Plymouth MA 2/2  
5/15/50 12/29/57 St. Ann's Gloucester MA 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 St. Ann's had a grade school with 272-337 boys and 298-320 girls, and a high school with 28-51 boys and 51-99 girls.
5/15/50 12/29/57 St. Joseph's Chapel Magnolia MA   This was a mission of St. Ann's in Gloucester.
12/30/57 9/02/63 St. Boniface's Quincy MA 2/2  


Humberto Sousa Medeiros replaced Cushing (1970-1983).

1/21/70 St. Ann's Somerville MA 2/4 St. Ann's had a school with 342-293 boys and 350-278 girls.
1/22/70 10/26/72 Immaculate Conception Malden MA 2/5

Immaculate Conception had a grade school with 441-328 boys and 464-353 girls, and a high school with 274-235 girls.

Veneto is indexed in the 1971 Directory as at this parish, but is not listed as there in the Directory's Boston archdiocesan pages.

10/27/72 9/30/75 St. Peter's (Italian) Malden MA 1/1  


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

11/06/88 St. Anthony's (Italian) Revere MA 2/4, 2/5, 1/4, 1/3 Veneto is listed as Pastor throughout his time at this parish. A Pastor Emeritus was listed before him in the 1976 through 1980 Directories.
1988 1988 Incarnation Melrose MA 2/3  
11/07/88 4/89 Retired/Most Blessed Sacrament Quincy MA 2/2  
4/89? 1998 Retired Milton MA   Veneto died January 24, 1998.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1947-1999); Veneto Assignment History, Archdiocese of Boston

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This assignment record was last updated on November 5, 2015.