Fr. Richard McCormick

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Boston, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Gary

Religious Order:  Salesians of Don Bosco

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1970-1971:  St. Dominic Savio High School; Boston, MA
  • 1971-1975:  Salesian Prep School, Resident Junior Seminary, Camp Salesion for Boys, Retreat House for Boys, and Salesian Boys Club; Cedar Lake, IN
  • 1976:  Not listed in the 1976 Directory
  • 1976-1980:  Rector at Salesian Junior Seminary; Goshen, NY
  • 1980-1985:  Don Bosco Retreat Center; West Haverstraw, NY
    • 1980-1983:  Vocation Director
    • 1983-1985:  Director
  • 1980s:  Director at Camp Salesian / Sacred Heart Retreat Center and Seminary; Ipswich, MA
  • 1985-1991:  Salesian Provincial House; New Rochelle, NY
    • Provincial of the Salesians Eastern U.S. Province
  • 1991-1992:  St. Rosalie’s; Harvey, LA
  • 1992-1998:  Don Bosco Technical High School; Boston, MA
  • 1992-1998:  St. John Bosco Chapel; Boston, MA
  • 1998-2000:  Youth Ministry Coordinator at Savio Preparatory High School; Boston, MA
  • 2000-2002:  St. Petersburg Catholic High School; St. Petersburg, FL
    • Director
    • Theology and Religion Teacher
  • 2003-2005:  Not listed in the 2003-2005 Directories
  • 2005-2009:  Director at NY Marian Shrine; Stony Point, NY
  • August 2009:  Suspended
  • Not indexed in the Directory beyond 2009


Known as “Father Dick” and “Father Mac.”

In 2002, McCormick resigned from St. Petersburg Catholic High School after accusations that he kissed a female student in a school hallway.

Three men publicly accused McCormick of sexually abusing them in the 1970s while they were students at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, NY. In August 2009, the men reached a settlement with the Salesians. McCormick was then suspended from ministry.

McCormick was arrested in 2012 and again in 2013 on charges of child rape.

In November 2014, McCormick was convicted of raping a boy repeatedly during the summers of 1981 and 1982 at a summer camp operated by the Salesians in Ipswich, MA. He was sentenced to 8-10 years in state prison to be followed by 10 years probation.

By November 2014, at least 16 people had alleged abuse by McCormick as children. Some victims alleged that McCormick’s abuse occurred as far back as 1963.

In 2015, McCormick was sentenced to a second 8-10 year prison term, concurrent with the prison term he was already serving.

Sources:  NWI Times; St Petersburg Times 03.23.02; St Petersburg Times 03.29.02; Journal News 08.09.09; Boston Globe 08.31.12; Boston Herald 08.31.12; Boston Herald 08.31.12; Daily Item 08.31.12; NECN 08.31.12; Tampa Bay Times 08.31.12; The Patch 08.31.12; WBUR 08.31.12; WCVB 08.31.12; Wicked Local Newburyport 08.31.12; Boston Herald 09.01.12; Digital Journal 09.01.12; Salem News 09.01.12; Salem News 03.08.13; My Fox Boston 03.11.13; Port Chester Patch 04.05.13; Salem News 04.06.13; Salem News 04.03.14; Salem News 05.22.14; Boston Globe 11.12.14; Salem News 11.12.14; Salem News 11.26.14; Newburyport Daily News 11.27.14

Note: Years in parentheses 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.