Assignment Record– Rev. John J. Walsh, O.M.I.

Summary of Case: John J. Walsh was a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, ordained in 1940. He was moved often during his career, working in dioceses and archdioceses including Ogdensburg NY, New York NY, Fort Wayne IN, Boston MA, Lincoln NE, Indianapolis IN, Columbus OH, Gary IN, Washington DC and Raleigh NC. Walsh died in 1981. In 2003 a woman reported to the Archdiocese that Walsh had sexually abused her at a Lowell MA parish in 1973 or 1974, when she was 13 or 14 years-old. Walsh's Order the and Archdiocese settled with the woman in 2007.

: 1940
Died: April 24, 1981


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Ogdensburg bishop was Francis Joseph Monaghan (1939-1942).

1941 Dontenwill Novitiate Essex NY Missionary This was a summer school and camp for Oblate Scholastics of Washington D.C.


New York archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).

1947 Oblates of Mary Immaculate House of Studies Newburgh NY Missionary 1941-1946, Bursar 1946-1947. This was "for students aspiring to the priesthood in the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate".


Fort Wayne bishop was John Francis Noll (1924-1956).

1951 St. Patrick's Ligonier IN 2/4, 2/3  
1947 1951 Sacred Heart Albion IN   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Ligonier.
1947 1951 Little Flower Chapel Wawasee IN   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in Ligonier.


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

1960? Sacred Heart Lowell MA 3/9, 3/10

Parish had a school with 431-367 boys and 498-392 girls.

Walsh is indexed in the 1960 Directory as at this parish, but is not listed there in the Boston archdiocesan pages.

1951 1960? Farris Memorial Hospital Lowell MA    


Lincoln bishop was James Vincent Casey (1957-1967).

1960 St. Patrick's McCook NE 3/4

Parish had a grammar school with 210 students and a ninth grade with 13 students.

A John Walsh, o.m.i. is indexed and listed at this parish in the 1960 Directory.



1960 Sacred Heart Hayes Co. NE   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in McCook.
1959 1960 St. Anne's Frontier Co. NE   This was a mission of St. Patrick's in McCook


Indianapolis archbishop was Paul Clarence Schulte (1946-1970).

1961 St. Jude's Spencer IN 1/2  


Columbus bishop was Clarence George Issenman (1957-1964).

1962 Ss. Simon and Jude Columbus OH In residence.  


Gary bishop was Andrew Gregory Grutka (1956-1984).

1963 St. Monica's Gary IN 3/3 Parish had a school with 269 students.


Washington D.C. archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1968 Oblate College Washington D.C.    


Raleigh bishop was Vincent Stanislaus Waters (1945-1974).

1969 St. Patrick's Fayetteville N.C. 3/3 Parish had a school with 372 students.


Humberto Sousa Medeiros replaced Cushing as Boston archbishop (1970-1983).

1980 Sacred Heart


In 2003 a woman reported to the archdiocese that she had been sexually abused at age 13 or 14 by Walsh in 1973 or 1974 at Sacred Heart. (Report to Boston archdiocese and MA A.G. 12-18-03)

MA 6/7, 4/8, 4/10, 6/9, 5/8 Parish had a school with 563-410 students.
1980 1981        

Walsh is not indexed in the 1981 Directory, nor is he listed at previous assignment.

Walsh died April 24, 1981.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1941-1982 )

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