Rev. John J. Serio has been a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco since 1973. A native of Long Island NY, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He did his formation at Don Bosco College, Newton, NJ, St. Joseph Novitiate, Ipswich MA and the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH. He also attended Boston College for a graduate degree in education.
As a Salesian for more than forty years, Fr. Serio has spent most of his ministry in the fields of formation or secondary education. For twenty-seven years, he has been Principal or President at several Salesian schools in the New Rochelle province. From 2004 to 2018, Fr. Serio served as Province Delegate for Education. In this position, he began the collaborative process with the Archdiocese of Washington to create Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. As part of this endeavor, he was Principal at Don Bosco Cristo Rey HS, 2009-2012. Later, he assisted in the development of Cristo Rey Tampa High School, the second Cristo Rey Network school administered by the Salesians.
Over the years, Fr. Serio has been active in several associations that further Catholic education, including membership on the Secondary Department Board of the National Catholic Educational Association. Currently, he chairs the Presidents’ association of New York Catholic high school and held a similar position in Boston. He serves on the boards of several Catholic high schools throughout the United States. Recently, Fr. Serio was one of the authors of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, which have been used by many dioceses and hundreds of schools throughout the country and abroad. More recently, he served on the writing committee for the document, The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis, a joint publication of the NCEA, NFCYM and NCCL.
Since 2013, Fr. Serio has been President at Salesian High School, New Rochelle NY.