Jesuit Father John P. Carriero, a longtime McQuaid Jesuit faculty member, died June 8, 2016. He was 83 years old.
A native of Buffalo, Father Carriero graduated from Canisius High School in 1950 and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He professed his first vows on Aug. 15, 1952.
In 1954, he studied philosophy in Bellarmine College in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He continued his philosophy studies at Loyola Seminary in Shrub Oak, N.Y. In 1957, he taught Latin and English at Canisius High School as part of a three-year regency ministry. He then began formal theology studies to prepare for priestly ordination at Woodstock (Maryland) College. On June 19, 1963, he received holy orders at Canisius College and then returned to Woodstock for another year of studies.
In 1964, Father Carriero spent one year as a chaplain for the U.S. Air Force in Marne, France. Following his return to the U.S. in 1965, he studied Latin and Greek at Fordham University, where he professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1966.
Father Carriero joined McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1966, teaching Latin and Greek. In 1970, he began a 12-year tenure as assistant prefect of student counselors, a position he held until he took a one-year sabbatical to obtain his master’s of education in counseling from the University of San Diego. He returned to McQuaid in 1983, working as both a high-school and middle-school guidance counselor.
In addition to serving at McQuaid, Father Carriero spent 25 years celebrating Mass for inmates at the Monroe County Jail and spent many summers in New York City at Tombs Correctional Facility and at Goldwater Hospital, which serves low-income families. He also spent time at the Maryland Training School.
Father Carriero is survived by his sister-in-law, Catherine (Dowd) Carriero of Churchville, Md.; nephews, John (Katya) Carriero of Los Angeles, Calif., and Nicholas (Diana) Carriero Jr. of Hamden, Conn.; nieces, Catherine (Mark) Petrozzino of Action, Mass., and Mary (Richard) Carriero-Udewitz of Brooklyn, N.Y; and numerous friends and colleagues from the Jesuit order and McQuaid.