Assignment Record – Rev. Michael J. Kossak, s.j.

Summary of Case: Kossak was investigated by the Deptartment of Social Services in Boston in 1989 for inappropriate sexual behavior with male high school students. DSS gave him a warning.

Ordained: 1987


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1988 The Jesuit Community at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley CA  


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

1989 Boston College High School


Kossak was accused in 1989 of "inappropriate sexual behavior" with BC High students. He left BC High after an investigation by the Department of Social Services. DSS gave him a warning.

MA   BC High was a Jesuit high school for boys.



1991 St. Francis Xavier Weymouth MA


In residence.

Parish had a school with 172 students.
1989 1991 South Shore Hospital Weymouth MA Chaplain  





Loyola House Boston MA   This was a Jesuit residence on Newbury St.
1991 1992         Kossak is not indexed in the 1992 Directory.
1992 1993 Loyola House Boston MA    


Miami archbishop was Edward Anthony McCarthy (1977-1994), followed by John Clement Favalor (1994- ).

1998 Gesu Miami FL 7/12, 6/8, 5/7  


St. Petersburg bishop was Robert Nugent Lynch (1995- ).

1999 Sacred Heart Tampa FL 3/5 Parish had a school with 285 students, and a religious education program with 73 students.
1999 2001 Loyola House Boston MA   Kossak is not indexed beyond the 2001 Directory.
2001 2011         Kossak is was known in 2011 to be teaching at Becker College in Worcester, MA. He may also have been teaching at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1988-2001)

Jesuits Turn Over Priests' Names, Initial Statement Was Misleading, Boston Globe, 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 Lst of Accused Clerics, Boston Globe, November 20, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on July 28, 2011.