Fr. John M. Costello

Religious Order:   Jesuit

Diocese:  Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Assignments:

  • Regis High School – Teacher, Seminarian
  • 1984-1985:  Regis University – Student; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1985-1988:  McQuaid Jesuit High School; Rochester, NY
  • 1988-1989:  Jesuit Community at Fordham University; New York, NY
  • 1989-1992:  Canisius High School – Principal; Buffalo, NY
  • 1992-1998:  McQuaid Jesuit High School; Rochester, NY
  • 1998-1999:  Jesuit Provincial’s Office; Bronx, NY
  • 1999-2005:  McQuaid Jesuit High School – English and Religion Teacher; Rochester, NY
  • Bishop Kearney High School – Sacramental Minister
  • 2005-2015:  Murray-Weigel Hall – Minister; Bronx, NY
    • Located at Fordham University
  • 2009-2015:  Fordham Preparatory School – Campus Minister


Accused in 11/03 of sexually abusing a 15-year-old male student in 1980 at Regis HS in the New York archdiocese, where Costello worked before ordination. Removed by Jesuits from his job at McQuaid HS in Rochester diocese in 11/03. Reinstated in 1/04 because, said the Jesuits, the accuser had recanted. Costello was moved in 2005 to Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit residence in the Bronx. Had also been principal of Canisius HS in the Buffalo diocese 1989-92.

Sources: Assignment RecordRochester Democrat and Chronicle 1.8.04; WOKR-TV 1.7.04; McQuaid Press Release 11.15.03; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 11.16.03; Welehan Letter to Alumni 11.17.03; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 11.21.03; Buffalo News 11.22.03

Note: Years listed indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.