Rev. John William McCool

Summary of Case: Named in 2002 among 12 Cleveland priests no longer in active ministry due to past allegations of abuse of minors. His last assignment ended in 1992. McCool left the priesthood and married. He died in 2017.

: 1973
Died: February 26, 2017


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bishop of Cleveland was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974), followed by James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

1979 Holy Family Stow OH

3/3 ,4/4


Holy Family had a school with 721-678 students.


Hickey was replaced by Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1982 St. Monica Garfield Heights OH 4/5, 5/5, 4/4 St. Monica's had a school with 557-531 students.
1982 1987 St. John Newman Strongsville OH 2/2 St. John's had an interparochial school with St. Joseph's in Strongsville, with 644-693 students.
1987 1992 St. Brendan's North Olmstead OH 2/3 St. Brendan's had a school with 378-291 students.
1992 1996 Absent on Leave    



The 1997 Directory is the last in which McCool is indexed.

            Left the priesthood and married. Died 2/26/17.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-1996)

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This assignment record was last updated on July 10, 2019.