Fr. William Cahill – Diocese of Albany


Father William Cahill

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1946

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946 – 1947       Weston College (Weston, MA)
  • 1947 – 1949       Fairfield College Prep. High School (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1950 – 1960       Cheverus High School (Portland, ME)
  • 1960 – 1962       St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1960 – 1962       St. Bernard’s (Fitchburg, MA)
  • 1962 – 1964       St. Mary’s (Boston, MA)
  • 1964 – 1966       Boston College High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1967 – 1972       Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1967 – 1972       Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • 1971 – 1972       Weston College (Mt. Clemens, MA)
  • 1972 – 1977       St. Joseph’s Hospital (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • 1977 – 1978       Veterans’ Administration Hospital (West Roxbury, MA)
  • 1977 – 1979       Campion Center (Weston, MA)
  • 1978 – 1985       Immaculate Conception (Cambridge, MA)
  • 1981 – 1985       Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1981 – 1985       Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Cahill:

In March 2002, several men came forward with accusations that Father William Cahill sexually abused at least three male students at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine in the 1950s and 1960s.

Father Cahill was accused of having sexually abused a freshman student in the early 1950s. One accuser said that on two occasions, the priest pinned him against the blackboard, then fondled him.

One man said in an email to the Governor’s Office, that Father Cahill tried to molest him, but he successfully rebuffed the attempt.

Another accuser stated in an email to the Governor’s office that a staff member found a young boy, with his pants down, tied to a chair in Father Cahill’s room, and that Father Cahill subsequently “disappeared” from Cheverus.

Father Cahill was never charged and died in February 1986.

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