Assignment Record – Rev. Andrew (Andras) M. Eordogh, s.j.

Summary of Case: Andrew Eordogh was a Jesuit priest of the Hungarian Province, ordained in 1958. He worked in Alaska in the late 1960s-early 1970s. In a 2006 lawsuit Eordogh was accused, along with another Jesuit, of sexually abusing a young Alaskan boy, when the boy was 4 to 7 years-old. At the time of the lawsuit Eordogh was living in a retirement home for priests in Hungary. His last known U.S. address was in Chicago.

Ordained
: 1958


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1958 1967       Eordogh is not indexed in the 1959-1967 Directories.

1967

Fairbanks bishop was Francis Dolye Gleeson, s.j. (1948-1968). Gleeson was succeeded by Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985).

1968   Nome AK Eordogh is indexed in the 1968 Directory as in Nome, but he is not listed as there in the Fairbanks diocesan pages.
1968 1969         Eordogh is not indexed in the 1969 Directory.
1969 1970

Holy Cross Mission

Holy Cross

Eordogh was accused in a 2006 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy in the late 1960s, when the boy was a young Catholic school student in the village of Holy Cross. The boy was said to have been first abused at age 4 by Rev. Bernard McMeel, who then handed the boy off to Eordogh. The abuse is said to have continued until the boy was 7 years-old.

AK 1/1

 

 

 

 

 

 


McMeel
, known as "Father Barney" worked in Alaska from 1955-1978.

1969 1970   Anvik AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1969 1970   Flat AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1969 1970   Grayling AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1969 1970   Holikachuck AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1969 1970   Shageluk AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1970 1972   Aniak AK   The 1972 Directory indexes Eordogh as at Aniak, but does not list his as there.
1970 1972   Kalskag AK   This was a mission of Aniak.
1972 1973 Holy Cross Mission Holy Cross AK    
1972 1973   Anvik AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1972 1973   Flat AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1972 1973   Grayling AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1972 1973   Holikachuck AK   This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.
1972 1973   Shageluk AK  

This was a station of Holy Cross Mission in Holy Cross.

Eordogh is not indexed beyond the 1973 Directory.

Eordogh went on to live in Chicago at some point. In 2006, he was known to be retired and living in Hungary.

 

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1968-1973)

Alaska Digest, Anchorage Daily News, February 9, 2006
Excerpt from bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese, January 25, 2012, p. 2.
2 More Priests Face Sex Abuse Suits, By Mary Beth Smetzer, Fairbanks News-Miner [Alaska], February 9, 2006
Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse by Former Hays Priest, By Larry Kline lkline@havredailynews.com, Havre Daily News, February 10, 2006
Diocese Researching Accusations about Former Hays Priest, By Larry Kline, Havre Daily News [Montana], February 10, 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
Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit, November 12, 2009


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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 22, 2013.