Boston Archdiocese Defrocks 2 Priests

By Lane Lambert
Patriot Ledger
August 21 2010

The Boston Archdiocese has defrocked two more priests, one of whom was the longtime director of a Milton retreat for troubled priests.

The Rev. Robert P. Beale was director of Our Lady’s Hall in Milton from 1982-2002. He was suspended in 2002 for sexually abusing a youngster in the 1970s.

In the 1970s, he worked at St. Ann’s in West Bridgewater and parishes in Cambridge and Belmont.

His last known addresses were in Quincy and Stoughton. During his time at Our Lady’s Hall, he was a member of a vocal group, the Singing Priests.

The second priest, the Rev. Dennis Keefe, had been suspended since 1995, when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old altar boy.

The Rev. Keefe had no assignments on the South Shore. He was in parishes in Chelsea, Marlboro and Framingham.

In a prepared statement, the Archdiocese said both priests were removed from the clerical state “through a voluntary process.”

While the Rev. Beale was at Our Lady’s Hall in Milton, he was also a part-time chaplain at the Norfolk County jail.

Among the inmates he visited and gave Communion to was John Salvi, who was convicted in 1996 of killing two receptionists and wounding five people at two Brookline abortion clinics in 1994.

Salvi was in the Norfolk jail before his trial and conviction. He committed suicide in a state prison several months after his conviction.


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