Jesuit retreat in Weston removes priest from website following child molestation revelations

A priest identified this week by the Jesuits as having admitted to abusing a minor has been removed from a website listing him as a leader of a retreat center in Weston.

As recently as Wednesday, the Rev. Richard Roos was featured on the Campion Center’s website as a member of the board of directors. The center is a Jesuit retreat in Weston.

On Thursday, his name and photograph were removed from the site. Employees there didn’t respond to requests for comment on Wednesday and Thursday.


Roos was stripped of his ministerial duties this month after the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus determined that he had admitted to abusing a minor.

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The order this week published the names of 50 Jesuits who were credibly accused of molesting children since 1950. Twenty-two of the Jesuits had ties to Massachusetts, including five who are living.

In 2001, the Jesuits restricted Roos’s ministerial duties after finding he crossed a boundary with an adult, said Mike Gabriele, a spokesman for the order.

While being treated for that misconduct, Roos admitted to sexually abusing a minor in Jamaica during the 1980s, Gabriele said.

Roos worked in Jamaica from 1984 to 1994, the order said.


In Massachusetts, he worked at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River and completed two stints at Gonzaga Retreat in Gloucester from 1995 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2002.

It was unclear where Roos worked after 2002.

On Thursday, Gabriele confirmed Roos had served as a minister to Jesuits living at the Saint Peter Faber Jesuit Community in Brighton, but didn’t provide dates.

After being removed from ministry, Roos was sent to an undisclosed location where he is being monitored, Gabriele said. His new living quarters aren’t associated with a Jesuit institution, he said.

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