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Assignment Record– Rev. Thomas E. Connolly, S.J.

Summary of Case: Thomas E. Connolly was ordained for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in 1963. After several years in the Madison and Green Bay dioceses in WI, he spent much of the 1970s among the Colville Indians in WA state. In 1977 he began a long career at Sacred Heart in Desmet ID, which is a Coeur d'Alene Indian Mission. Connolly was also affiliated with Gonzaga University. He retired to the Regis Jesuit Community in Spokane in 2010.

Connolly's name was included on the Jesuits' Oregon Province's list in 2011 of perpetrators of sexual abuse, which included "all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation."

Ordained: 1963
Retired: 2010


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1963

Seattle archdiocese

Archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1964 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father

 

1964

Madison diocese

Bishop was William Patrick O'Connor (1946-1967).

1965 St. Paul's University Chapel Madison WI 8/8

In residence.
 
1965 1966         Connolly is not indexed in the 1966 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1966

Green Bay diocese

Bishop was Stanislaus Vincent Bona (1945-1967).

1967 Menominee Co Court House Keshena WI    

1967

Spokane diocese

Bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1971 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    

1971

Spokane diocese

 

1972 Gonzaga University/Colville Indians Spokane WA   Connolly is indexed in the 1972 Directory as "Jesuit Missions, Inc., Portland OR." He is listed in the in the Jesuit Missions section under Washington (Colville Indians). He is not, however listed in the diocesan pages as at any such assignment. He is listed as at Gonzaga University in the Spokane pages.

1972

Spokane diocese

1973 Gonzaga University Spokane WA   Connolly is also listed in the Jesuit Missions section of the 1973 Directory under Washington (Colville Indians).

1973

Spokane diocese

1976 St. Mary's Mission Omak WA 1/3, 1/2  
1973 1976 St. Joseph's East Omak WA   This was a mission of St. Mary's Mission.
1976 1977         Connolly is not indexed in the 1977 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1977

Boise City diocese

Bishop was Sylvester William Treinen (1962-1988), followed by Tod David Brown (1988-1998).

1995 Sacred Heart Desmet ID 1/3, 1/2, 1/1 This was a Coeur d'Alene Indian Mission.
1977 1995 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1977 1995 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1995 1996         Connolly is not indexed in the 1996 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at Sacred Heart in Desmet ID.

1996

Boise City diocese

Brown was succeeded as bishop by Michael Patrick Driscoll (1999-2014).

2010 Sacred Heart Desmet ID 1/2, 1/3, 1/1 Sacred Heart had a catechesis program with 60-102 students, as shown in the 2005-2010 Directories.
1996 2010 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1996 2010 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet. The 2004-2010 Directories show St. Michael's to be a station of Sacred Heart, rather than a mission.

2010

Spokane diocese

Bishop was Blase Joseph Cupich (2010-2014)

2011 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    
2011 2012         Connolly is not indexed in the 2012 Directory, nor is he listed as at his previous or next assignments.

2012

Spokane diocese

Cupich was succeeded by Thomas Anthony Daly (2015-).

2015 Regis Jesuit Community Spokane WA retired  

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.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1964-2015).

Father Tom Connolly retires, By Jack McNeel, Indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com, September 16, 2010
Jesuits Oregon Province website accessed, accessed December 7, 2012


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This assignment record was last updated on October 6, 2016.


 
 

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