Rev. J. William McCool
Summary of Case: In 2002 McCool was named as one of Cleveland's former priests with allegations of sexual abuse of minors against him. He had long since left the priesthood. No other information has been located.
Bishop of Cleveland was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974), followed by James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)
|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.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-1996)
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