Assignment Record – Rev. John H. Acres, S.J.

Summary of Case: Ordained a Jesuit of the New England Province in 1983, Acres was accused by former Boston College High School students of inappropriate sexual behavior. Acres taught English there before ordination, according to the 1980 yearbook, and worked in the Admissions Department in the late 1980s. Acres left the Jesuit order sometime between 1995 and 2002, reportedly working at secular colleges during that period. The Jesuits turned Acres' name over to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in 2002. Cardinal O'Mally did not include Acres or other accused religious order priests in his list of Boston accused.

Ordained: 1983

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations
Position Notes
1979 1980 Boston College High School Boston
Teacher In the 1980 yearbook of BC High, Mr. John H. Acres, S.J. is listed as a faculty member teaching Senior Writing and English.


Boston archbishop was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1986 The Jesuit Community at Boston College Chestnut Hill, Boston
1986 1989 Boston College High School and Jesuit Community


• Acres was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by former BC High students.

Admissions Department

School had 1,150-1,000 students, all male.

In 2002 a former colleague stated that Acres was "sick", and another said that he frequented gay bars.

1989 1993 St. James the Great Church Wellesley
3/3; in residence  
1989 1993 Bentley College Waltham
1/1; Campus Minister  
1992 1993 Wellesley College Wellesley
1/1; Campus Minister  
1993 1995 Campion Residence and Renewal Center Weston
  Acres is not indexed beyond the 1995 Directory. He reportedly "moved on to jobs in secular colleges as he distanced himself from the Jesuits," and left the order sometime before 2002. The Jesuits turned Acres' name over to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in March 2002.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1985-1995).

Jesuits Turn Over Priests' Names, Initial Statement Was Misleading, by Walter V. Robinson and Sacha Pfeiffer, Boston Globe, March 8, 2002
Probe Eyes 5 Jesuits Tied to BC High, by Eric Convey, Boston Herald, March 8, 2002
School 'Help Line' to Aid Abuse Victims, by Walter V. Robinson, Boston Globe, March 14, 2002
The Missing Names from Cardinal O’Malley’s List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on October 9, 2016.


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