November 17, 2003

Dear Alumni:

Early last week, the New York Jesuit Province notified McQuaid that it had received a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor approximately 24 years ago at a Jesuit High School in New York City against Fr. John Costello, S.J., a member of the McQuaid faculty.

Below is the text of a public release on this matter for your review and information.

It is important for you to know of these events, however unfortunate. It is also important that I restate, as strongly as possible, that McQuaid Jesuit will never tolerate any form of sexual abuse or harassment.

Once again, you are encouraged to come forward with any reports of such abuse or even if you should have any questions about this matter. You can reach me at 585-256-6141, or by e-mail at iwhelehan@mcquaid.orq, or Francine Patella Ryan, McQuaid's Director of Public Relations/Annual Fund, at 585-256-6167, or e-mail her at fpatella(@mcquaid.orq.

The situation involves an allegation. Our thoughts and prayers extend to anyone who may have been a victim of abuse as well as to Fr. Costello during this very difficult time.


James E. Whelehan

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