Assignment Record – Rev. Arthur A. Falvey, s.j.

Summary of Case: Arthur Falvey was a priest of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, ordained in 1930. Most of his career was spent in California as a faculty member of Jesuit high schools and colleges. He died in 1966 in Nevada, where he had lived and worked for a short while. In 2009 the Jesuits settled with a man who claimed Falvey sexually abused him over a 4-year period in Sacramento, beginning in 1954 when the man was a 7-year-old boy. Falvey was the brother of Rev. Mark Falvey, s.j., who was accused of sexually abusing at least 10 children.

: 1930
Died: Feb. 23, 1966


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).

1931 Weston College Weston MA  


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

1932 Bellarmine College Prep. San Jose CA Bellarmine had 205 students, all male.  


Seattle archbishop was Edward John O'Dea (1896-1932), followed by Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

1933 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA Jesuit tertianship  


Los Angeles and San Diego bishop was John Joseph Cantwell (1922-1947).

1940 Loyola High School Los Angeles CA   Loyola High had 574-732 students, all male.
1940 1948 Loyola University Los Angeles CA    


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

1955 University of San Francisco San Francisco CA faculty member  


Sacramento bishop was Robert John Armstrong (1929-1957). He was replaced by Joseph Thomas McGucken (1957-1962).

1961 St. Ignatius


• The Jesuits settled with a man in 2009 who claimed Falvey raped him repeatedly over a 4-year period, beginning in 1954 when the man was 7 years-old. The man said he had polio and turned to Falvey for help.

CA 2/2, 2/3 St. Ignatius had a school with 189-436 boys and 179-427 girls.


Joseph Thomas McGucken succeeded Mitty as San Francisco archbishop (1962-1977).

1964 University of Santa Clara Santa Clara CA    


Sacramento bishop was Alden John Bell (1962-1979).

1965 Jesuit High School Sacramento CA   Jesuit High had 201 students, all male.


Reno bishop was Robert Joseph Dwyer (1952-1966).

1966 St. Gall's Gardnerville NV 2/2  
1965 1966 Our Lady of Tahoe Zephyr Cove NV   This was a mission of St. Gall's in Gardnerville.
1965 1966 Stewart Indian School Carson City NV  

This was a mission of St. Gall's in Gardnerville. It had 35 students.

Falvey died Feb. 23, 1966.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1931-1967)

Jesuits Settle Abuse Claim against Late Sacramento Priest, By Jennifer Garza, Sacramento Bee, June 5, 2009

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This assignment record was last updated on January 2, 2014.