Assignment Record – Rev. James F. Kuntz, s.j.

Summary of Case: James F. Kuntz was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New York Province in 1977. He spent his career as an educator in New York, New Jersey and California. During 1994-1999 he was in Abuja, Nairobi where he was the founding principal of a boarding school for children, grades 7-12. In February 2008 Kuntz was found to have child pornography on his computer. He pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in September of that year, and sentenced in February 2009 to 40 months in prison and 5 years supervised release.

: 1977


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


Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1978 Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley CA Kuntz is indexed in the 1978 Directory under the New York Provincialate. He is listed in the New York archdiocesan pages as in Berkeley.


San Francisco archbishop was John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995).

The San Jose diocese was established Jan. 27, 1981. Its bishop was Roland Pierre DuMaine (1981-1999).

1983 Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA    


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983), followed by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1984 Regis High School New York NY Academic Assistant to Headmaster. Regis had 487 students, all male.


Newark archbishop was Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986). He was succeeded by Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1986-2000).

1988 St. Peter's Preparatory School Jersey City NJ Principal St. Peter's Prep. had 840-825 students, all male.


Westminster archbishop was George Basil Hume, o.s.b. (1976-1999).

1989 Campion House College Isleworth Middlesex, England    
1989 1994 Regis High School New York NY Headmaster Regis had 496-509 students, all male.
1994 1995 St. Ignatius Loyola Residence New York NY    


Abuja bishop was Dominic Ignatius Ekandem (1981-1992), followed by John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (1992-).


Loyola Jesuit College

Abuja Nigeria Founder; Principal Kuntz is not indexed in the 1996-1999 Directories. Per a Jesuit newsletter, Kuntz went to Nigeria for five years to help set up and run this school. It was a co-ed boarding school with 600 students, grades 7-12. (In Dec. 2005 sixty of its students were killed in a plane crash.)
1999 2000 St. Ignatius Loyola Residence New York NY    


Sacramento bishop was William Keith Weigand (1993-2008).

2002 Jesuit High School Sacramento CA President Jesuit High had 1,000 students, all male.
2002 2003 Jesuit High School Community Carmichael CA   Kuntz is not listed in the 2003 Directory as at Jesuit High school.
2003 2004         Kuntz is not indexed in the 2004 Directory.


Newark archbishop was John Joseph Myers (2001).

2008 Jesuits of St. Peter's College, Inc.

Jersey City

• Kuntz was found in February 2008 to have child pornography on his computer. He pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in September 2008.

NJ Vice President for Mission and Ministry Kuntz is not indexed beyond the 2008 Directory.
2008           Kuntz was sentenced February 18, 2009 to 40 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1978-2008)

New York Jesuit Remembers Students Killed in Nigerian Plane Crash, By Stephen J. Hudik, National Jesuit News February/ March 2006
Kid Porn Plea by Priest Who Served Spc, The Jersey Journal, September 30, 2008
St. Peter's Prep, SPC Say Child-Porn Priest Did No Wrong at Schools, By Paul Koepp, Jersey Journal, October 28, 2008
United States of America v. James Kuntz, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, February 18, 2009

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This assignment record was last updated on January 16, 2019.