Credibly Accused

This category includes priests, seminarians, and other religious against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was made that meets the semblance of truth standard previously defined and who were incardinated in the Diocese of Fall River and/or assigned to public ministry in the Diocese of Fall River.

This category is divided into three subcategories:

(A) Incardinated in the Diocese of Fall River

(B) Other Diocese

(C) Religious Order

For those in sub-categories B and C, respectively, the priest was incardinated in another diocese or was a member of a religious order but exercised public ministry in the Diocese of Fall River.

A. Incardinated in the Diocese of Fall River

NameYear of
Birth
Year of
Ordination
Diocese of IncardinationAssignment History in the Diocese of Fall RiverStatus
Andrade, Manuel Jr.19261949Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Anthony of Padua, Fall River
St. John of God, Somerset
Santo Christo, Fall River
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, New Bedford
Our Lady of the Angels, Fall River
Espirito Santo, Fall River
Immaculate Conception, New Bedford
Our Lady of Health, Fall River
St. Michael, Fall River
St. John the Baptist, New Bedford
St. Anthony, Taunton
Deceased (1995)
Annunziato, Armando 19311956Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, North Attleboro
St. Francis of Assisi, New Bedford
St. Mary's Home, New Bedford
St. Vincent's Home, Fall River
St. Bernard, Assonet
St. James, New Bedford
St. Mary, Mansfield
Deceased (1993)
Avila, Jose M. Bettencourt e (aka George Avellar)119061930Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Anthony, Taunton
Immaculate Conception, New Bedford
Our Lady of Health, Fall River
St. Anthony, East Falmouth
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, New Bedford
Deceased (1988)
Baker, William F.19491977Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John, Attleboro
St. Patrick, Falmouth
Our Lady of Grace, Westport
St. Mary, Seekonk
St. Joseph, Fall River
Faculties Removed;
Laicized (2015)
Barney, H. Stanley19491975Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Dominic, Swansea
Sacred Heart, Fall River
St. Pius X, South Yarmouth
Our Lady of Victory, Centerville
St. George, Westport
St. Mary, Mansfield
Faculties Removed
Bernier, Adrien E.19191957Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Michael, Ocean Grove
Notre Dame, Fall River
St. Mathieu, Fall River
Sacred Heart, New Bedford
St. Anne, New Bedford
Deceased (1989)
Boffa, William J.19491975Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Louis and St. Joseph, Fall River
Our Lady of Grace, Westport
Immaculate Conception, North Easton
St. Vincent de Paul Camp, Westport
St. Joseph, Taunton
Coyle & Cassidy High School, Taunton
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Seekonk
St. John Neumann, East Freetown
St. William, Fall River
St. Stephen, Attleboro
St. Pius X, South Yarmouth
Faculties Removed
Boulet, Normand J. 19401969Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Hyacinth, New Bedford
St. Stephen, Dodgeville
St. Joseph, Attleboro
Boy Scouts of America, Attleboro
Immaculate Conception, Taunton
Our Lady of Grace, Westport
Boy Scouts of America, New Bedford
St. Michael, Swansea
St. Anthony, New Bedford
St. Jacques, Taunton
Boy Scouts of America, Taunton
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2015)
Bowen, Donald J. 19381964Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Patrick, Somerset
St. Joseph, North Dighton
St. Mary, Norton
St. John the Evangelist, Attleboro
Laicized (2007)
Clark, James A.19291955Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, New Bedford
Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Taunton
Laicized (2000);
Deceased (2011)
Connolly, Paul G. 19291956Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, Taunton
Immaculate Conception, Fall River
St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis
St. Mary, New Bedford
St. Elizabeth, Edgartown
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2007)
Cronin, John P. 19311957Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Patrick, Fall River
St. Vincent's Home, Fall River
St. Bernard Church, Assonet
St. Joseph, Taunton
Our Lady of Fatima, Swansea
St. Joseph, North Dighton
St. Anne, Fall River
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2014)
de Souza, Maurice19121939Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John the Baptist, New Bedford
St. Anthony, East Falmouth
St. Anthony of Padua, Fall River
St. Anthony, Taunton
Our Lady of Health, Fall River
Deceased (1996)
DeMello, Arthur T. 19341962Diocese of Fall RiverOur Lady of Lourdes, Taunton
Our Lady of Health, Fall River
St. John of God, Somerset
St. Mary, Taunton
Immaculate Conception, New Bedford
St. Elizabeth, Fall River
Faculties Restricted;
Deceased (2004)
dos Reis, Arthur C.19021926Diocese of Fall RiverHoly Family, East Taunton
St. Michael, Fall River
Espirito Santo, Fall River
St. Anthony, Fall River
Our Lady of Health, Fall River
Santo Christo, Fall River
Deceased (1981)
Dupuis, J. Arthur G.19071933Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Joseph, Attleboro
Notre Dame, Fall River
St. Joseph Orphanage, Fall River
St. Louis de France, Swansea
Deceased (1975)
Dylla, Hugo18741899Diocese of Fall RiverOur Lady of Perpetual Help, New Bedford
Holy Rosary, Taunton
St. Stanislaus, Fall River
Holy Cross, Fall River
Deceased (1966)
Fahey, James W.19441970Diocese of Fall RiverOur Lady of the Assumption, Osterville
Immaculate Conception, North Easton
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, South Attleboro
Faculties Restricted;
Deceased (2016)
Fernandes, Stephen A.19501976Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John the Evangelist, Attleboro
Holy Name, New Bedford
Sts. Peter and Paul, Fall River
St. James, New Bedford
Christ the King, Mashpee
St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis
Our Lady of Fatima, New Bedford
Faculties Removed;
Laicized (2008)
Fraga, Bento R.19301956Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John of God, Somerset
St. Joseph, Taunton
Holy Ghost, Attleboro
St. John the Baptist, New Bedford
St. Peter, Provincetown
St. Paul, Taunton
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2012)
Furtado, Steven R. 19471973Diocese of Fall RiverOur Lady of Lourdes, Taunton
St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford
St. John, New Bedford
Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River
Sacred Heart, Fall River
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, New Bedford
Our Lady of Health, Fall River
St. Anthony of Padua, Fall River
Espirito Santo, Fall River
Holy Ghost, Attleboro
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2016)
Herrera, Hernando19671998Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Joseph, Taunton
Coyle & Cassidy High School, Taunton
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Seekonk
St. Mary Cathedral, Fall River
Faculties Removed;
Laicized (2004)
Higgins, Phillip J. 19371973Diocese of Fall RiverSt. George, Westport
St. Peter, Provincetown
St. Lawrence, New Bedford
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2007)
Kaszynski, Robert S. 19331960Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Patrick, Fall River
St. Stanislaus, Fall River
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2014)
Keliher, Cornelius J.19071932Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Patrick, Wareham
Our Lady of the Assumption, Osterville
St. Louis, Fall River
Sts. Peter and Paul, Fall River
St. Mary, Hebronville
Deceased (1993)
Kozanko, Andrew19742000Diocese of Fall RiverCorpus Christi, East Sandwich
Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, New Bedford
St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River
Notre Dame, Fall River
St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis
Faculties Restricted
Lacroix, Daniel W.19591988Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Vincent de Paul Camp, Westport
Holy Name Church, New Bedford
Holy Redeemer, Chatham
St. Patrick, Wareham
St. Mary, Mansfield
St. Francis Xavier, Acushnet
St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Seekonk
St. Mary, New Bedford
St. Joseph-St. Theresa, New Bedford
Our Lady of Fatima, New Bedford
Faculties Removed
Landry, David J. 19621987Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John the Evangelist, Attleboro
St. Anne, Fall River
St. Mary, Taunton
Immaculate Conception, Taunton
St. Jacques, Taunton
St. Pius X, South Yarmouth
Our Lady of Victory, Centerville
Faculties Removed
Maguire, Joseph D. 19441970Diocese of Fall RiverSt. James, New Bedford
St. Patrick, Somerset
St. Patrick, Falmouth
Boy Scouts of Cape Cod Area
St. Elizabeth, Edgartown
Sacred Heart, Oak Bluffs
St. Joseph, Taunton
Faculties Removed;
Laicized (2007)
McCarthy, Raymond W. 19191945Diocese of Fall RiverSacred Heart, Fall River
St. Patrick, Somerset
St. Patrick, Fall River
St. Mark, Attleboro Falls
Our Lady of Victory, Centerville
St. John the Baptist, New Bedford
Faculties Removed;
Deceased (2005)
Messier, Donald E.19371968Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Jean Baptiste, Fall River
St. Mathieu, Fall River
Our Lady of Fatima, New Bedford
St. Patrick, Fall River
St. Thomas More, Somerset
Immaculate Conception, Taunton
Marian Manor, Taunton
Faculties Restricted
Murphy, James E. 19351962Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Patrick, Fall River
St. Mary, Taunton
Sacred Heart, Taunton
St. Jacques, Taunton
Laicized (2006);
Deceased (2020)
Neylon, Bruce M.19481975Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, Mansfield
Holy Name, Fall River
St. Patrick, Wareham
Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro
St. John, Attleboro
St. Mary, Seekonk
St. Stanislaus, Fall River
Holy Trinity, Fall River
Faculties Removed
Nichols, Herbert T.19481975Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, New Bedford
St. Joseph, Fall River
St. Ann, Raynham
St. Joseph, Taunton
Boy Scouts of America, Attleboro-Taunton Area
St. Mary, Taunton
St. Anne, Fall River
St. Joan of Arc, Orleans
Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River
St. James, New Bedford
Our Lady of Lourdes, Wellfleet
St. Anthony of Padua, New Bedford
St. Bernadette, Fall River
Faculties Removed
Norton, William W.19411967Diocese of Fall RiverSacred Heart, Taunton
St. Kilian, New Bedford
Cathedral Camp, East Freetown
Bishop Stang High School, Dartmouth
St. Mary's Home, New Bedford
Holy Name, New Bedford
St. Mary, New Bedford
St. Patrick, Wareham
St. Patrick, Fall River
St. Joseph, Woods Hole
Our Lady of Lourdes, Wellfleet
Our Lady of Victory, Centerville
St. Anne, Fall River
St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River
Deceased (2004)
Paquette, Edward O.19281957Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, Taunton
St. Mary, Mansfield
St. Kilian, New Bedford
Faculties Removed;
Laicized (2009)
Pegnam, John W.19311960Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Francis Xavier, Hyannis
Immaculate Conception, Taunton
St. Mary, Norton
Deceased (1996)
Porter, James R.19351960Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary, North Attleboro
Sacred Heart, Fall River
St. James, New Bedford
Faculties Removed;
Laicized (1974);
Deceased (2005)
Quinn, Justin J.19261953Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River
St. Kilian, New Bedford
St. Thomas More, Somerset
St. Lawrence, New Bedford
St. Elizabeth, Edgartown
St. Rita, Marion
Immaculate Conception, Fall River
St. Anne, Fall River
St. Mary's Home, New Bedford
Madonna Manor, Attleboro
Sacred Heart, North Attleboro
Deceased (1996)
Rausch, Edward 19271954Diocese of Fall RiverSt. John, AttleboroLaicized (1971);
Deceased (2014)
Robillard, Raymond A. 19401966Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Hyacinth, New Bedford
St. Joseph, Attleboro
Notre Dame, Fall River
Sacred Heart, New Bedford
St. Louis, Fall River
St. Jacques, Taunton
St. Theresa, South Attleboro
St. Stephen, Attleboro
St. Pius X, South Yarmouth
Holy Ghost, Attleboro
Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home, Fall River
Faculties Removed
Shovelton, William J.19221946Diocese of Fall RiverOur Lady of the Isle, Nantucket
St. Louis, Fall River
St. Joseph, Fall River
Sacred Heart, Fall River
St. Thomas More, Somerset
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Seekonk
St. William, Fall River
Deceased (2015)
Simoes, Gilbert J. 19331961Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Michael, Fall River
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, New Bedford
Santo Christo, Fall River
St. John the Baptist, Westport
Suspension from Ministry;
Deceased (2009)
Tripp, Kevin F. 19421968Diocese of Fall RiverSt. Patrick, Fall River
Holy Name, Fall River
St. John the Evangelist, Attleboro
St. Luke's Hospital
St James, New Bedford
Laicized (2020)

The name George Avellar appeared on a list of clergy accused of sexual misconduct published by the Bristol County District Attorney in 2002. The Diocese has no record of an individual named George Avellar and believes that the name may be a mistranscription of Jose Avila.

B. Other Diocese

NameYear of
Birth
Year of
Ordination
Diocese of IncardinationAssignment History in the Diocese of Fall RiverStatus
Carrier, George R.11945n/an/aCathedral Camp, East Freetown
St. Vincent de Paul Camp, Westport
St. Pius X, South Yarmouth
Deceased (2004)
Corbin, Anthony Andre19291961Diocese of Charlotte,
North Carolina
Our Lady of the Assumption, Osterville
Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church Chapel, Mashpee
Deceased (2008)

Seminarian.

C. Religious Order

NameYear of
Birth
Year of
Ordination
Religious OrderAssignment History in the Diocese of Fall RiverStatus
Gaudin, Rene19271957Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (SS.CC.)St. Francis, Acushnet
Our Lady of Lourdes, Wellfleet
Deceased (2001)
Genevive, Frank19561983Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.)St. Margaret, Buzzards BayRemoved from ministry;
Deceased (2014)
Guarin, Angelo Michael 19701998Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (F.F.I.)Our Lady's Chapel, New BedfordFaculties Revoked
McManus, Francis J.19411973Society of Jesus (S.J.)Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River
St. James, New Bedford
St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford
Deceased (2015)
Mulryan, Thomas J.119321955
(perpetual profession of vows)
Congregation of the Holy Cross (C.S.C.)Msgr. James Coyle High School, TauntonDispensed from religious vows;
Deceased (2009)
Nickel, James R.unknown1970Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (SS.CC.)Holy Trinity, West Harwich
Our Lady of the Annunciation, Dennisport
St. Mary, Fairhaven
Deceased (2008)
Powers, John A.19251952Dominican Friars (O.P.)St. Patrick, FalmouthRemoved from ministry;
Deceased (2010)

Religious brother.