Fr. Eugene O’Sullivan – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963      Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965      St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970      Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984      St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985      Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987      St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1987-1989      Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992      St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

According to media reports, Father Eugene O’Sullivan pleaded guilty in 1984 to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told Father O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation. 

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, Father O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

Father O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

Father O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public, revealed that church authorities knew Father O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of 12-year-old altar boy that Father O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything.” He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. Father O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

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