Assignment Record– Bro. Richard Kerressey (Bro. Ricardo), C.F.X.

Summary of Case: Richard "Bro. Ricardo" Kerressey entered the Xaverian Brothers just after high school graduation in 1931. He spent his career as an educator and administrator, working at St. John's Preparatory School in the Archdiocese of Boston and St. John's High School in the Diocese of Worcester MA. In 1971 he was named assistant director of the National Center for Religious Education in Washington DC and later was the USCCB's national director of adult education. In the 1980s he served as executive director of the Boston archdiocese's family counseling and guidance centers. In 1994 Kerressey was accused of having orally sodomized a boy at in 1966 St. John's Prep. His accuser said the incident happened in the school's infirmary and that Bro. Ricardo threatened him to keep quiet about the incident or he would prevent him from graduating. Kerressey died in 1997.

Born: Approximately 1914
Entered Xaverians: 1931
Education: Catholic University, Washington DC (Bachelor's and Master's degrees)
Retired: 1986
Died: September 19, 1997

Start Stop Assignment Town
Position Notes
Early 1940s   St. John's Preparatory School Danvers
Assistant to the headmaster, Br. Aloysius  
1949 1958 St. John's High School Worcester
History and English teacher, one of 10 Xaverian brothers in 1949-1950; Br. Theophane was the Director. Pastor of St. John's parish was Rev. Michael E. Lahey. Worcester diocese. The high school had 325 boys in 1949-1950.
1965 1971 St. John's Preparatory School


• Kerressey was accused in 1994 of orally sodomizing a male high school senior in 1966 in the school infirmary. Kerressey is said to have threatened to keep the boy from graduating if he reported the incident. See letter.


Boston archdiocese. Listed as "Brother Ricardo", C.F.X. St. John's Prep was a Catholic high school for boarders and day students, with 557-739 students, all male.

1971   National Center for Religious Education Washington
Assistant Director  
    U.S. Catholic Conference Washington
National director of adult education.  
1981 1986 Family Counseling and Guidance Centers of the Archdiocese of Boston Boston
Executive Director was Msgr. Joseph T. Alves; assistants listed in the 1983 Directory are Revs. George A. Carrigg, Dennis F. Twomey, Richard J. Craig, Robert J. Butler, and John T. Burke Boston archdiocese. Not listed here in the 1982-1986 Directories.
1986 1997 Retired  

Kerressey died September 19, 1997.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1966-1971)

Letter to Br. William Drinan, September 22, 1994
Obituary: Richard Kerressey, 83; Xaverian brother, educator, Boston Globe, September 21, 1997
Crisis in Church
Sordid Tales Emerge As More Priest Files Opened, By Robin Washington, Boston Herald, December 12, 2002
St. John's Prep: A Brief History, by Br. Arcadius Alkonis CFX, St. John's Preparatory School Website, downloaded March 3, 2011.
The Missing Names From Cardinal O'Malley's List of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 2011

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