Assignment Record – Rev. Thomas J. Hatrel, s.j.

Summary of Case: Ordained apriest of the New Oreans Province of the Society of Jesus in 1952, Hatrel taught high school in Louisiana and, for many years, in Tampa, Florida. In 1979 he was transferred to Alaska, where he taught math in a parish grade school in Fairbanks, then pastored a parish in Alakanuk. He died in 1988. In a 2007 lawsuit Hatrel was accused of engaging in abuse during his time in Alakanuk.

: 1952
Died: May 7, 1988


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


Kansas City archbishop was Edward Joseph Hunkeler (1951-1969).

1953 St. Mary's College St. Mary's KS Jesuit House of Theological Studies


Natchez bishop was Richard Oliver Gerow (1924-1967).

1954 Xavier Hall Pass Christian MS Jesuit Tertianship  


New Orleans archbishop was Joseph Francis Rummel (1935-1964).

1957 Jesuit High School New Orleans LA   Jesuit High had 925-960 students, all male.


St. Augustine bishop was Joseph Patrick Hurley (1940-1967).

The St. Petersburg diocese was established June 17, 1968. Bishops were Charles Borromeo McLaughlin (1968-1978), followed by William Thomas Larkin (1979-1988).

1979 Jesuit High School Tampa FL   Jesuit High had 285-624 students, all male.


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

1980 Monroe High School Fairbanks AK   Monroe High had 105 students.
1980 1983 Immaculate Conception Fairbanks AK math teacher and chaplain of parish school

Immaculate Conception had a grade school.

In letters of recommendation for a teaching position at Immaculate Conception's grade school, Hatrel was described as "simply great with children."

Hatrel is listed in the New Orleans diocesan pages of the 1981-1983 Directories as at Immaculate Conception parish, but he is not listed as there in the Fairbanks pages.


Whelan was succeeded by Michael Joseph Kaniecki, s.j. (1985-2000).

1988 St. Ignatius


• Hatrel was accused in 2007 litigation of child sexual abuse during 1985-1987, while serving at St. Ignatius.

AK 1/1  
1983 1988 St. Mary's (St. Peter's) Sheldon Point (Nunam Iqua) AK  

This was a mission of St. Ignatius in Alakanuk.

Although the Directories refer to this parish as St. Mary's, other sources state the name was changed from St. Mary's to St. Peter's in 1983.

Hatrel died May 7, 1988.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1953-1988)

Alaskana Catholica, A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, p.246, by Louis L. Renner, s.j.
Settlement Talks Continue in Clergy Sex Abuse Cases, By Mary Beth Smetzer, Fairbanks News-Miner, November 3, 2007
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

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This assignment record was last updated on February 23, 2014.