Assignment Record – Rev. John P. Fox, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest ordained in 1927, John P. Fox lived and worked for five decades in remote Alaskan villages. There is one known accusation of sexual abuse of a minor against him, as revealed in 2010 by the Fairbanks diocese's bankruptcy reorganization documents. Fox died in 1983.

: 1927
Died: May 1983


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1928 St. Mary's Apulurak AK 2/2 St. Mary's had a boarding school for boys with 30 students, and an industrial training school and orphanage for 65 Eskimo girls.
1927 1928   Alaranak, Panreuvik, Naparearamute, Kasunok AK These were missions of St. Mary's in Apulurak.  
1927 1928   Over fifty villages or halmets of Yukon Delta AK These were stations of St. Mary's in Apulurak.  
1928 1930 Sacred Heart Kashunak AK 1/1 Sacred Heart had a school with 40 students.  


Seattle archbishop was Edward John O'Dea (1896-1932).

1931 Manresa Hall Port Townsend AK Jesuit tertianship  


Crimont was succeeded as Vicariate-Apostolic of Alaska bishop by Walter James Fitzgerald, s.j. (1945-1947).

1946 St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (Napareyaramiut) Hooper Bay AK

1/1, 1/2

The 1946 Directory notes Fox to be Superior. Fox also took on the roles of postmaster, radio operator and Alaska Territoria Guard captain.

St. Theresa's had a school from 1931-1940 with 32-68 students.


Fitzgerald was replaced by Francis Doyle Gleeson, s.j. (1948-1968).

1956 St. Lawrence's Mountain Village AK 1/1  
1946 1953   Pitka's Point, Pilot Station, Chukartulik, Tukchuk, Marshal AK   These were stations of St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village.
1953 1954   Pitka's Point, Pilot Station, Chukartulik, Marshall AK   These were stations of St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village.
1954 1956   Pilot Station, Chukartulik, Marshall AK   These were stations of St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village.


Fairbanks was established as a diocese Aug. 8, 1962.

1963 Holy Cross Mission Holy Cross AK 1/1, 1/2 Holy Cross mission had a grade school with 70-84 students, and a high school beginning in 1960 with 20-15 students.
1956 1963   Pimute, Flat, Shageluk, Railroad City, Holikachuk AK   These were stations of Holy Cross Mission.



1965 St. Mary's Mission St. Mary's AK


Pastor and Superior was Rev. James Poole, s.j. .

St. Mary's had a school with 48 day students and 125 boarders, and a high school with 15 day students and 32 boarders.

Poole is the subject of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of girls in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly at St. Mary's

1965 1968 St. Lawrence's

Mountain Village AK

1/2, 1/1

Listed second and as at Pilot Station 1965-1966 was Rev. Robert F. Corrigal.

There is one known accusation of sexual abuse of a minor by Corrigal.
1965 1966   Fortuna Ledge (Marshall), Pilot Station, Pitkas Point, Russian Mission AK   These were stations of St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village.


Fairbanks bishop was Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985).

1973         The 1969-1973 Directories index Fox as at St. Lawrence's in Mountain Village, but he is not listed as there in the Fairbanks diocesan pages.


Anchorage bishop was John Joseph Ryan, followed by Francis Thomas Hurley (1976-2001).

1977 Jesuit Fathers Anchorage AK    


Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978), followed by Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990).

1978 St. Michael Ecumenical Center Spokane WA    
1978 1983 Gonzaga University Spokane WA   Fox died in May 1983.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1928-1983)

CA Province SJ Necrology
Assignment Record: Rev. James Poole, s.j.,
Pilot Station - Saint Charles Spinola Catholic Church, Diocese Of Fairbanks
Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Hooper Bay, Alaska: 1928-2003, Editors Note: This Article Is Indebted to a Considerable Extent to Writings by Father Louis L. Renner, S.J., Alaskan Shepherd, June-July 2003
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, Jan. 25, 2010, p. 2

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.

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This assignment record was last updated on January 27, 2014

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