Assignment Record – Rev. Patrick J. Conway, s.j.

Summary of Case: Patrick J. Conway was a priest of the Jesuits' Oregon Province, ordained in 1934. He was assigned to parishes in Missoula MT and Lewiston ID, high schools in Tacoma and Spokane WA, and to a mission on the Crow Indian reservation in MT. His whereabouts after 1951 are unknown. Conway's 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: 1934



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was Edward Joseph Hanna (1915-1935).

1935 Alma College Alma CA 4th year theology student  


Helena bishop was Joseph Michael Gilmore (1935-1962).

1937 St. Francis Xavier's Missoula MT 2/4

St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 133 boys and 113 girls, and Sacred Heart Academy with 101 girls.

The 1937 Directory indexes Conway as at this assignment, but he is not listed as there in the Missoula pages.


Boise City bishop was Edward Joseph Kelly (1927-1956).

1938 St. Stanislaus' Lewiston ID 3/3 St. Stanislaus' had a school with 152 students.


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

1946 Bellarmine High School Tacoma WA   Bellarmine High had 260-297 students, all boys.
1946 1947 Gonzaga University High School Spokane WA   Gonzaga Univ. High had 509 students, all boys.


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1951 St. Francis Xavier Mission Crow Indian Reservation/St. Xavier MT 1/1 St. Francis had a boarding and day school with 98-81 students, and a religious vacation school with 72 students.
1947 1951 Our Lady of Loretto Lodgegrass MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1947 1951 St. Anthony's Wyola MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1947 1951 St. Denis

Crow Agency MT  

This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.

Conway is not indexed beyond the 1951 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1935-1951)

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

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 24, 2014.