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Rev. Augustine J. Ferretti ( A.J. or Fr. Freddy, also Feretti)

Summary: A woman filed suit in October 2008 against the Oregon Province of the Jesuit Order alleging that Ferretti sexually abused her on many occasions in the 1970s, when she was seven or eight years-old. Ferretti died in 1982. The plaintiff's attorney dismissed the suit in January 2009 and refiled it, adding the Boise diocese as a defendant. Two other women came forward with similar complaints in January 2009.

Ordained: 1942
Died: 1982

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1942

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

1943 Seattle College and Seattle Preparatory High School, administration building Seattle WA

 
1943 1944 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA  

This was the Jesuit Tertianship.

1944

Baltimore archbishop was Michael Joseph Curley (1921-1947).

1947 Georgetown University Washington DC    

1947

Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955).

1949 Mt. St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA  

 

1949 1951 Seattle University Seattle WA    
1951 1952 Mt. St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA    

1952

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

1953 St. Ignatius Mission St. Ignatius MT 5/5  
1952 1953 Sacred Heart Arlee MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius.
1952 1953 St. John Berchman's Jocko MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius.
1952 1953 St. Leonard's Dixon MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius.
1953 1955 Seattle University Seattle WA    

1955

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

1957 St. Margaret Mary Big Sandy MT 1/1 Parish had a vacation school with 60 students.
1955 1957 St. Anthony's Box Elder MT   This was a mission of St. Margaret Mary in Big Sandy.
1955 1957 St. Mary's Rocky Boy Indian Agency MT   This was a mission of St. Margaret Mary in Big Sandy.
1955 1957   Hopp Warwick MT   This was a station of St. Margaret Mary in Big Sandy.

1957

Boise City bishop was James Joseph Byrne (1956-1962), followed by Sylvester William Treinen (1962-1988).

1963 Sacred Heart, Coeur d'Alene Indian Mission Desmet ID

1/1, 1/2

Superior

Parish had a school with 16-15 boys and 30-60 girls.
1957 1963 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.
1957 1963 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Desmet.

1963

Helena bishop was Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1962-1975).

1969 St. Ignatius Mission St. Ignatius MT

1/4, 1/3, 2/5

Superior until 1968.

 
1963 1969 Sacred Heart Arlee MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius in St. Ignatius.
1963 1969 St. John Berchman's Jocko MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius in St. Ignatius.
1963 1969 St. Leonard's Dixon MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius in St. Ignatius.

1969

Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1978 Mt. St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA    
1970s    

Lapwai

• A woman claimed in an Oct. 2008 lawsuit that Ferretti sexually abused her in the 1970s, when she was about seven years old. (Associated Press, carried in The Olympian, October 13, 2008)

Two more women came forward in Jan. 2009 with allegations that Ferretti sexually abused them as seven year olds in the 1970s in Idaho. (Associated Press, carried in Idaho Statesman
January 21, 2009)

ID   Per news reports, Ferretti served in and around Lapwai during the 1970s. (Seattle Times
October 16, 2008)
1978 1979 Holy Cross Keuterville ID 1/1  
1979 1980         Ferretti is not indexed in the 1980 Directory.

1980

Spokane bishop was Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990).

1982 Gonzaga University Spokane WA   Per news reports, Ferretti died in 1982.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1943-1982).

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.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy & Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

 
 

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