Assignment Record – Rev. George S. Endal, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit of the Oregon Province ordained in 1932, Endal lived and worked in remote Alaskan villages from 1936 until 1987, when he retired to an assisted living facility in Anchorage. He died in 1996. In a 2011 settlement, Endal was named one of the Jesuits' top ten worst alleged offenders, with 25 claims of child sexual abuse against him. He has been accused of abusing both boys and girls. From about 1959 through mid-1975 a volunteer, Joseph Lundowski, worked closely with Endal, traveling with him from village to village. Lundowski is said to have targeted native Alaskan boys; at least 60 have come forward with accusations against him. Some accusers have said that Endal knew of Ludowski's abusive behavior, and told the children that to tell would be a mortal sin. Endal also reportedly told a little girl he abused that if she told, she would go straight to hell. At least one reported Endal victim, a girl, is said to have later taken her own life.

Ordained: Aug. 24, 1932
Died: Nov.15, 1996


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1932 1933         Endal is not indexed in the 1933 Directory.

1933

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

1936

Bellarmine High School

Tacoma WA   Bellarmine High had 230-215 students.

1936

Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska bishop was Joseph Raphael John Crimont, s.j. (1904-1945).

1938

Holy Cross Mission

Holy Cross AK 1/2 Holy Cross Mission had a boarding school for boys with 60 grammar school students, and a boarding school for girls and orphanage with 80 students. There were 24 "day scholars."
1936 1938   Anvik, Banezila, on Yukon River. Sleitmute, Napamute Tuluksak, Akiak, Bethel, on Kuskokwim River, all Eskimo tribes AK   These were stations of Holy Cross Mission.

1938

Crimont was succeeded by Walter James Fitzgerald, s.j. (1945-1947).

1947

St. Lawrence's



Mountain Village AK 1/1  
1938 1947   Chukartulik, Annok, Pitka's Point, Fish Village. AK   These were stations of St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village.
1945 1946   Pilot Station, Chukartulik, Tukchuk, Marshall. AK   These were stations of St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village.

1947

Francis Doyle Gleeson, s.j. replaced Fitzgerald as bishop (1948-1968).

1948

St. Ignatius

Alakanuk AK 1/1 Missionary. St. Ignatius had a school with 31 students.
1947 1948   Fish Village and Villages of Yukon Delta. AK   These were stations of St. Ignatius in Alaknuk.
1948 1962

Holy Rosary Mission

Dillingham AK 1/1, 1/2, 1/3

Endal was school principal from at least 1959-1962. He put Joseph Lundowski in charge of the boys' dormitory.

Holy Rosary Mission had a school with 16-52 students.

Endal was responsible for Joseph Lundowski who has been accused of sexually abusing scores of children in a number of Alaskan villages. Per the Jesuits, Lundowski was a volunteer. Lundowski worked under Endal from about 1959 through the summer of 1975. Endal is said to have been aware of Lundowski's abuse of boys.

1954 1962   Clark's Point, Naknek, King Salmon AK   These were stations of Holy Rosary Mission in Dillingham.

1962

The diocese of Fairbanks was established in 1962.

1965

Our Lady of the Snows

Nulato AK 1/1 Our Lady of the Snows had a school with 77 students.
1962 1965   Koyukuk, Huslia AK   These were stations of Our Lady of the Snows in Nulato.
1965 1968

Little Flower of Jesus

Hooper Bay

Endal was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of having molested a girl repeatedly in the parish rectory from 1966-1968, when the girl was 9-12 years old. Per Endal's accuser, the priest said that if she told anyone of the abuse she would die and go straight to hell.

AK 1/1  
1965 1966   Scammon Bay AK   This was a station of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper.

1968

Robert J. Whelan, s.j. followed Gleeson as Fairbanks bishop (1968-1985).

1982

St. Michael's

St. Michael

Endal is said to have sexually abused children at St. Michael's. In 2008 a man said that when he was a boy Endal was sexually abusing him during the same time volunteer Lundowski was sexually abusing him, which is why he knew he couldn't go to Endal for help.

One accuser stated his sister was molested by Endal as a child, and later took her own life.

AK 1/1 One Lundowski accuser stated in an affidavit that he told Endal during confession that Lundowski was abusing him, and that Endal told the boy it would be a mortal sin if he told anyone. By some estimates, 80% of children were sexually abused at St. Michael's during this time.
1968 1982   Stebbins, Unakaleet AK   These were stations of St. Michael's in St. Michael.

1982

Michael Joseph Kaniecki, s.j. succeeded Whelan (1985-2000).

1987

Church of the Holy Angels

Unakleet AK 1/1  

1987

Anchorage bishop was Francis Thomas Hurley (1976-2001).

1996 Retired/Pioneer Home of Anchorage Anchorage AK  

Endal died Nov. 15, 1996.

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus settled in March 2011 with hundreds who claimed they were sexually abused as children by priests of the province, from the 1950s through the 1980s. Endal was named one of the Jesuits' "top ten worst alleged offenders", with 25 claims of abuse against him.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1933-1996)


Jailed Catholic Priest Enjoying His 'Freedom', Daily Sitka Sentinel, March 15, 1991
George S. Endal, Anchorage Daily News [Alaska], November 18, 1996
Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Hooper Bay, Alaska: 1928-2003, Alaskan Shepherd, June-July 2003
TCC Gets Apology from Priest, By Diana Campbell dcampbell@newsminer.com, News-Miner [Alaska], Downloaded March 17, 2004
Alaska Native Panel Addresses Sex Abuse Issues, By Diana Campbell dcampbell@newsminer.com, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner [Fairbanks AK], Downloaded March 23, 2004
Clerical Abuse Lawsuit Expands, By Mary Beth Smetzer , Fairbanks News-Miner [Alaska] , May 12, 2005
More Abuse Claims Filed against Church, By Mary Beth Smetzer, Fairbanks News-Miner [Alaska], February 23, 2006
Jesuit Abuse Settlement Aims to Heal, $50 Million: Religious Order's Head Says Church Failed Victims in Alaska, By Lisa Demer
Anchorage Daily News, November 20, 2007
Victims of Priest's Abuse Reveal Their Stories, Alaska Natives: As Children, They Say, They Weren't Believed, By Lisa Demer,
Anchorage Daily News, November 21, 2007
'Absolute Power'
Decades of Abuse by Roman Catholic Priests and Volunteers Still Taint Eskimo Villagers in Rural Alaska, By Tony Hopfinger
Newsweek, January 14, 2008
Judge: Bishop Liable for Layman's Actions in Sex Abuse Case, By Mary Beth Smetzer, Daily News-Miner, February 2, 2008
James Doe 59 v Society of Jesus Oregon Province, Alaska Superior Ct, Jan. 2, 2009
43 More Allege Sex Abuse by Catholics, Church Leaders Are Accused of Negligent Supervision, By Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 14, 2009
Lawsuit: Seattle U. President Knew of Abuse, By Heather Bosch, KIRO, January 14, 2009
Jesuit Head of Seattle U. Knew of Priest's Abuse, Lawsuit Claims, By Janet I. Tu and Nick Perry, Seattle Times, January 14, 2009
Seattle U. President Denies Claims That He Knew of Abuse, By Nick Perry and Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times, January 15, 2009
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, Jan. 25, 2010
Alakanuk - Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, Diocese Of Fairbanks
Northwest Jesuits Agree to Landmark Settlement for Hundreds of Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims, March 25, 2011
'Frontline' Documents Catholic Church's Apologies for Abuse, By Kyle Hopkins, News Tribune, April 9, 2011
The Silence, Frontline video, pbs.org
Find A Grave Memorial


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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 14, 2014.


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