Richard Kerressey, 83
Xaverian brother, educator

Boston Globe
September 21, 1997

Brother Richard Kerressey of Westwood, a Xaverian brother, died Friday in Briarwood Health Care Center in Needham. He was 83.

Brother Kerressey was born in Mission Hill and graduated in 1931 from Mission High School, where he was an accomplished football and baseball player. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Catholic University in Washington.

In 1931, he entered the Xaverian Brothers, beginning a 66-year career as a religious educator and administrator.

He taught history and English at St. John's High School in Worcester from 1949 to 1958. He served as headmaster at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers from 1965 until 1971, when he was named assistant director of the National Center for Religious Education and later national director of adult education for the United States Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C.

In 1981, he was appointed assistant director for family counseling and guidance centers for the Archdiocese of Boston, a job he held until his retirement in 1986.

He was a frequent speaker at national meetings of the National Catholic Education Association.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Denis Church in Westwood. Burial will be in the Xaverian Brothers Cemetery in Danvers.








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