Assignment Record – Rev. Joseph A. Balfe, s.j.
|1927||1928||Balfe is not indexed in the 1928 Directory.|
Seattle archbishop was Edward John O'Dea (1896-1932)
|1931||Manresa Hall||Port Townsend||WA|
Helena bishop was George Joseph Finnigan, c.s.c. (1927-1932), followed by Ralph Leo Hayes (1933-1935)
|1935||St. Ignatius Mission||St. Ignatius||MT||1/3 Superior||St. Ignatius Mission had a school with 70-16 boys and 103-88 girls, described as "a boarding and day school for girls and little boys". It also had a high school for both day students and boarders.|
|1931||1935||St. John Berchman's||Arlee||MT||This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.|
|1931||1935||Jocko||MT||This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.|
Great Falls bishop was Edwin Vincent O'Hara (1930-1939)
|1937||St. Paul's Mission||Hays||MT||1/2, Superior||
St. Paul's Mission had a school with 119 students, and a religious vacation school with 31 students.
Balfe is indexed in the 1937 Directory as at this mission, but he is not listed as there in the Great Falls diocesan pages.
|1935||1937||St. Thomas||Lodge Pole||MT||This was a mission of St. Paul's Mission. It had a religious vacation school with 18 students.|
|1935||1937||Zortman||MT||This was a mission of St. Paul's Mission.|
Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955)
|1939||St. Mary's Indian Mission||Omak||WA||1/2, 1/1 Superior||St. Mary's had a school with 65-72 students.|
|1940||St. Aloysius||Spokane||WA||2/3||St. Aloysius had a school with 317 students.|
Seattle archbishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950)
|1943||St. Joseph's||Yakima||WA||1/2||St. Joseph's had a grade school with 199 boys and 193 girls, and a high school with 154 girls.|
|1940||1943||St. Mary's||White Swan (Indian Reservation)||WA||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Yakima.|
Bishop of the Vicariate-Apostolic of Alaska was Joseph Raphael John Crimont, s.j. (1904-1945)
|1944||Immaculate Conception||Fairbanks (Tanana Valley)||AK||2/3 Pastor||The first priest listed is Most Rev. Walter J. Fitzgerald, s.j.|
|1943||1944||St. Joseph's Hospital||Fairbanks||AK||Also noted under Chapel is "Visits Nenana".|
Helena bishop was Joseph Michael Gilmore (1935-1962)
|1945||St. Francis Xavier's||Missoula||MT||1/4 Superior||St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 160 boys and 132 girls.|
|1945||1953||St. Ignatius Mission||
• A native american man who resided as a child at this mission school said in 2011 that Balfe once asked him to assist mass, and when the boy showed up, Balfe was standing naked in the sacristy. The accuser lived at the mission for two years, beginning at age 6.
• Another accuser who lived at the mission as a child said that Balfe asked him during confession what bed he slept in.
• Balfe was accused of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Ignatius Mission between 1959 and 1960.
|MT||1/3, 1/4 , 1/5 Superior|
|1945||1953||Sacred Heart||Arlee||MT||This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.|
|1945||1953||St. John Berchman's||Jocko||MT||This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.|
|1945||1953||St. Leonard's||Dixon||MT||This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.|
Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967)
|1957||St. Jude Thaddeus||Havre||MT||1/4||St. Jude's had a school with 191-216 boys and 204-224 girls, and a religious vacation school with 33 students.|
|1953||1957||St. John's||Cottonwood||MT||This was a mission of St. Jude's in Havre.|
Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978)
|1958||St. Aloysius||Spokane||WA||3/5||St. Aloysius had a school with 769 students.|
Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975)
|1959||Seattle||WA||Balfe is indexed as at 1103 16th Ave., Seattle, WA.|
|1958||1964||St. Mary's Indian Mission||Omak||WA||1/3 Superior|
|1958||1964||St. Joseph's||East Omak||WA||This was a mission of St. Mary's Indian Mission in Omak.|
|1964||1965||Seattle Prep. High School||Seattle||WA||Seattle Prep. had 495 students, all male.|
|1965||1967||St. Joseph's||Seattle||WA||4/5||St. Joseph's had a school with 459-428 boys and 390-387 girls.|
|1967||1969||Jesuit House, Gonzaga University||Spokane||WA||In residence.|
|1967||1969||Mt. Carmel Hospital||Colville||WA||chaplain||Balfe died Sept. 29, 1969|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1928-1970)
• Fr. Joseph A. Balfe, Findagrave.com, March 09, 2009
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