Assignment Record – Rev. Bernard A. Harris, s.j.
Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).
|1948||Manresa Hall||Port Townsend||WA||Jesuit Tertianship|
Shaughnessy was succeeded by Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).
|1952||Bellarmine High School||Tacoma||WA||Bellarmine High had 376-350 students, all male.|
|1952||1953||Harris is indexed in the 1953 Directory as at Bellarmine High School, but he is not listed as there in the Seattle diocesan pages.|
Helena bishop was Joseph Michael Gilmore (1935-1962), followed by Raymond Gerhadt Hunthausen (1962-1975).
|1971||Loyola High School||
• Harris was accused in a 2006 lawsuit of sexually abusing four siblings - three girls and a boy- in the late 1960s through early 1970s. Harris' brother, Rev. James Harris was accused of sexually abusing seven children in this family, and Rev. Maurice Grammond was accused of the sexual abuse of three of the family's boys. James Harris was the family's parish priest who is said to have befriended them in 1968 after their house was destroyed in a fire.
Loyola High had 61-143 students, all male.
|St. Ignatius Mission||
Flathead Indian Reservation
• Harris was accused in a 2011 lawsuit of sexually abusing at least one Native American child at St. Ignatius Mission.
|1950s||1972||St. Francis Xavier's||
• Two brothers reported in 2009 that Harris sexually abused them when they were altar boys at St. Francis Xavier's in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s.
• In a 2011 lawsuit a 49-year-old woman accused Harris of molesting her at St. Francis' school when she was 8 years-old.
• A man accused Harris in a 2011 lawsuit of fondling him on several occasions in St. Francis' basement when the man was a 15-year-old boy.
St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 208 students 1971-1972.
Per news reports, Harris worked at St. Francis Xavier's during these years. The 1972 Directory is the only one that indexes him as there.
Harris died Sept. 7, 1972.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1973)
• Lawsuit Claims Three Priests Abused 6 Siblings 30 Years Ago, By Boaz Herzog, The Oregonian, January 12, 2006
• Abuse Suits Name Oregon Nuns, Catholic Sentinel, August 9, 2007
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