Assignment Record– Rev. Francis E. Burris, s.j.

Summary of Case: Francis Burris was ordained a priest of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in 1937. He was a parish pastor in the Seattle diocese for two years, then moved to the Spokane diocese where he was assigned to Gonzaga College High School, St. Mary's Indian Mission and then Gonzaga University. His whereabouts after 1950 are unknown. Burris' name was included on the Province's 2011 list of "perpetrators of sexual abuse"; the Jesuits agreed to post the list on its website as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Ordained: 1937



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1938 Alma College Alma CA    


Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.j. (1933-1950).

1939 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA    
1939 1940 St. Patrick's Dockton WA pastor St. Patrick's is noted in the Directory to have been "attended from Bellarmine College."


Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955).

1942 Gonzage University College and High School Spokane WA   The high school had 420-447 students, all boys.
1942 1946 St. Mary's Indian Mission Omak WA

1/2 , Superior


St. Mary's had a school with 72-81 students.
1942 1946 St. Anthony's Chapel Desautel WA   This was a mission of St. Mary's Indian Mission in Omak.
1942 1944   East Omak WA   This was a station of St. Mary's Indian Mission in Omak.
1944 1946 St. Joseph's East Omak WA   This was a mission of St. Mary's Indian Mission in Omak.
1944 1946   Malott WA   This was a station of St. Mary's Indian Mission in Omak.
1946 1950 Gonzaga University

Spokane WA   Burris is not indexed beyond the 1950 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1938-1950)

Non-Monetary Commitments, Oregon Jesuits, Dec. 7, 2012

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 21, 2014.

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