Rev. James C. Shaughnessey, 87; Served 8 Massachusetts Parishes

Boston Globe
December 14, 1989

A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today in St. Charles Church, Woburn, for Rev. James C. Shaughnessey of Woburn, who had served eight Massachusetts congregations in 32 years as a parish priest.

Father Shaughnessey, who had retired in 1977 after 10 years as associate pastor of St. Michael's Church in North Andover, died Sunday in Waltham-Weston Hospital. He was 87.

A native of Woburn, Father Shaughnessey was ordained in 1937 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pa., after studying at St. John's Seminary, Brighton, St. Vincent's Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., and St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.

Between 1945 and 1947, he served as an assistant pastor of St. Joseph's Church in East Pepperell, St. James Church in Boston's Chinatown, St. Anne's Church in Readville and St. Aidan's Church, Brookline. He was an assistant at St. James Church, Haverhill, from 1947 to 1960, at Holy Family, Rockland, in 1960-61, and at St. Thomas Aquinas, Jamaica Plain, from 1961 to 1967.

Father Shaughnessey leaves a number of nieces and nephews.

Cardinal Bernard F. Law will be the principal celebrant of the Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

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