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Rev. Richard J. McCormick, S.D.B. – Assignment History

Summary of Case: Richard J. McCormick was a ordained for the Eastern Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco (Province of St. Philip the Apostle) in 1970. Referred to sometimes as "Fr. Dick" or "Fr. Mac," McCormick served as teacher and director of Salesian high schools, taught at junior seminaries and was rector of one, held leadership positions at Salesian retreat houses and boys' camps, served briefly as an assistant parish priest and was a Marian Shrine director. During 1985-1991 he was provincial of the Salesian's Eastern Province. McCormick's work took him from Boston and Ipswich MA to Cedar Lake IN, Goshen, West Haverstraw, New Rochelle and Stony Point NY, Harvey LA and St. Petersburg FL.

In 2002 McCormick was removed from his position at St. Petersburg Catholic High School after a female student complained that he kissed her when she encountered him in a hallway. Other students defended the priest, saying "Fr. Mac" often greeted them with a kiss on the cheek.

There is a gap of several years in McCormick's assignments after 2002; there is another, 1975-1976. In August 2009 he was suspended from the Marian Shrine in Stony Point NY, where he had been since at least 2005, after the Salesians agreed to settle with three men who had accused McCormick of sexually abusing them as junior seminary students in Goshen NY in the 1970s.

At some point in the 2000s the Salesians settled with a man who said McCormick sexually abused him on a trip to Rome in 1975 when the man was a 14-year-old Salesian Prep student in Cedar Lake IN.

In August 2012 McCormick was arrested for the rape of a boy, ages 9 and 10, at the Salesian camp in Ipswich MA in 1981 and 1982. He was convicted in November 2014 and sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years' probation. McCormick had been arrested a second time in April 2013 on charges of raping a 6- to 8-year-old boy at the same camp during 1981-1983. He was convicted in that case in August 2015 and given another 8- to 10-year prison sentence, to run concurrently with the sentence he was already serving.

At least 16 people are known to have claimed they were sexually abused as children by McCormick, some as early as 1963.

Ordained
: 1970


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Allegations State Position Notes

< 1970

Archdiocese of Boston

Archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1971 St. Dominic Savio High School

Boston

 

MA  

Dominic Savio had 390 students, all boys.

 

1971

Diocese of Gary

Bishop was Andrew Gregor Grutka (1956-1984).

1975 Salesian Prep School; Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesion for Boys; Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club

Cedar Lake

McCormick was accused in the 2000s of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, who was a Salesian Prep student, during a trip to Rome in 1975. His accuser sued and received a settlement from the Salesians.

IN   Per the Directories, there were 64-129 non-seminarians and 23-38 seminarians.
1975 1976         McCormick is not indexed in the 1976 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or next assignments.

1976

Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983).

1980 Salesian Junior Seminary

Goshen

In a lawsuit settled in 2009, 3 men accused McCormick of sexually abusing them when they were Salesian Junior Seminary students in the 1970s. Two of the men said a relative of McCormick's molested them as well.

NY Rector Salesian Junior Seminary had 41-46 students.

1980

Cooke was succeeded as New York archbishop by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1985 Don Bosco Retreat Center

West Haverstraw

 

NY Vocation Director 1980-1983; Director 1983-1985  

1980s

Archdiocese of Boston

Archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983) who was succeeded as Boston archbishop by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

  Camp Salesian/ Sacred Heart Retreat Center and Seminary

Ipswich

McCormick was arrested in August 2012 in New Rochelle, NY and charged with fondling and raping a boy, ages 9 and 10, at Camp Salesian in the summers of 1981 and 1982. McCormick pleaded not guilty; he was convicted in November 2014. The priest would take the boy from his bed to the camp office to abuse him. He would also abuse the boy in a storage closet. His victim said he was so terrified he would hide under his older brother's bed, on a fire escape or in the woods. The boy knew McCormick as "Fr. Dick."

In April 2013 McCormick was arrested again, on charges of raping a boy, age 6 to 8 at the Salesian facility in Ipswich. The abuse occurred during 1981-1983. McCormick pleaded not guilty. He later pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case in August 2015. His victim said the priest would have him sit on his lap and that "it hurt."

MA Director This was a summer camp for disadvantaged boys.

1985

Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000), followed by Edward Michael Egan (2000-2009).

1991 Salesian Provincial House New Rochelle NY Provincial

"Very Rev."
 

1991

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Archbishop was Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002).

1992 St. Rosalie's Harvey LA 2/2 St. Rosalie's had a school with 1,025 students.

1992

Archdiocese of Boston

Archbishop was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1998 Don Bosco Technical High School Boston MA Director

Don Bosco had 600-210 students, all boys.

1992 1998 St. John Bosco Chapel Boston MA    
1998 2000 Savio Preparatory High School Boston MA Youth Ministry Coordinator Savio Prep had 270-389 students.

2000

Diocese of St. Petersburg

Bishop was Robert Nugent Lynch (1995-2016).

2002 St. Petersburg Catholic High School

St. Petersburg

McCormick was placed on leave in March 2002 after a female student complained that the priest "cupped his hands around her chin and gave her a kiss" several weeks previously. Other students defended McCormick, saying it was his habit to greet them with a kiss on the cheek. The students referred to McCormick as "Fr. Mac."

FL Director; theology and religion teacher St. Petersburg Catholic had 620-649 students.
2002 2005         McCormick is not indexed in the 2003-2005 Directories.

2005

Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Edward Michael Egan (2000-2009).

August 2009 NY Marian Shrine Stony Point NY Director McCormick is not indexed beyond the 2009 Directory.
August 2009   Suspended      

McCormick was suspended from ministry in August 2009 after the Salesians agreed to settle with three men alleging sexual abuse as boys by the priest in Goshen NY.

By the time of McCormick's arrest in August 2012 for the rape of a boy in Ipswich MA during 1981 and 1982, he had been sued by 9 people alleging sexual abuse by him as boys, occurring as early as the 1963.

After McCormick's April 2013 arrest he was sent to the Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri for treatment.

After McCormick's November 2014 conviction he was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years' probation. His victim filed a civil suit in March 2015.

By November 2014 at least 16 people had claimed abuse by McCormick as children.

After his guilty plea in August 2015, McCormick was sentenced to a second 8 to 10-year prison term, to run concurrently with the term he was already serving.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1971-2009).

 Priest Quits Teaching Job after Girl Reports a Kiss, By Kelly Ryan Gilmer, St Petersburg Times, March 23, 2002
 Priest's Departure Leaves Swirl of Questions, By Kelly Ryan Gilmer, St Petersburg Times, March 29, 2002
 Salesians Settle Sex-Abuse Claim with 3 Men, By Gary Stern, Journal News, August 9, 2009
 Former Leader of Salesian Brothers Charged with Raping Boy in 1981 and 1982 in Ipswich, By Brian Ballou and John R. Ellement, Boston Globe, August 31, 2012
Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Child Rape in Salem, By O'Ryan Johnson and Matt Stout, Boston Herald, August 31, 2012
 Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse in Ipswich, Daily Item, August 31, 2012
 Mass. Priest Charged with 5 Counts of Raping a Child, NECN, August 31, 2012
 Former St. Pete Catholic High School Priest Arrested on Sex Charges in Massachusetts, By Curtis Krueger, Tampa Bay Times, August 31, 2012
 Priest in New Rochelle Arrested on MA Rape Charges, By Michael Woyton, The Patch, August 31, 2012
 Former Leader of Salesian Brothers Charged with Raping Boy in 1980s, WBUR, August 31, 2012
 N.Y. Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Rape Charges in Mass., WCVB, August 31, 2012
 Priest Pleads Not Guilty in Ipswich Child Rape Case, By Jennie Oemig, Wicked Local Newburyport, August 31, 2012
 DA: Abusive Priest Terrorized Boy, By O'Tyan Johnson and Matt Stout, Boston Herald, September 1, 2012
 Priest with Abuse History Spanning Five Decades Pleads Not Guilty, By Greta McClain, Digital Journal, September 1, 2012
 Priest Accused of Rape, By Paul Leighton, Salem News, September 1, 2012
 Priest Indicted in 2nd Child Rape Case, Salem News, March 8, 2013
 New Abuse Charges against Priest Who Worked in Ipswich, My Fox Boston, March 11, 2013
 Former Westchester Priest Arrested on New Child Rape Charge, By Michael Woyton, Port Chester Patch, April 5, 2013
 Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Second Child Rape Charge, By Julie Manganis, Salem News, April 6, 2013
John Doe v Fr. Sean Rooney, SDB et al, December 16, 2013
 Priest Makes Another Bid to Dismiss Child Molestation Case, By Julie Manganis, Salem News, April 3, 2014
 Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges against Priest, By Julie Manganis, Salem News, May 22, 2014
 Catholic priest convicted of raping boy in 1980s at Ipswich summer camp, By Martin Finucane, Boston Globe, November 12, 2014
 Priest convicted in Ipswich child rape case, By Julie Manganis, Salem News, November 12, 2014
 Priest found guilty in Ipswich child rape case sentenced to 8-10 years in prison, Salem News, November 6, 2014
Priest Sexually Abused Boy from Salesian School in 1975, Attorney Says, By Sarah Reese, NWI Times, November 12, 2014
 Priest Gets 8-10 Years for Child Rapes, By Julie Manganis, Newburyport Daily News, November 27, 2014
Retired Rev. Richard McCormick, serving time for sexual abuse, named in civil suit, By Julie Manganis, Salem News, March 22, 2015
Priest Admits to Abuse of Second Boy, By Julie Manganis, Salem News, August 10, 2015
Convicted pedophile priest admits abusing second boy, By Laurel J. Sweet, Boston Herald, August 11, 2015


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This assignment record was last updated on April 19, 2017.

 

 
 

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