Assignment Record – Rev. Bernard Francis "Barney" McMeel, s.j.
San Francisco bishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).
|1955||Alma College||Los Gatos||CA||theology student|
Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska
|1957||Immaculate Conception Church/Monroe High School||Fairbanks||AK||principal||Monroe High had 12-36 students.|
|Nenana, North Pole, Highway Park, Suntrana, College||AK||Theses were stations of Immaculate Conception in Fairbanks.|
Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).
|1958||Manresa Hall||Port Townsend||AK||tertianship|
Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska.
|Barter Island, Umiat, DEW Line||AK||These were stations of St. Patrick's in Barrow.|
Fairbanks was elevated to a diocese Aug. 8, 1962.
|Newktok||AK||This was a station of Sacred Heart in Chevak.|
|April 1964||Feb. 1968||Holy Cross||
• McMeel was accused in a 2006 lawsuit, along with Jesuit Fr. Andrew Eordogh, of sexually abusing a Holy Cross boy when he was 4 to 7 years-old, beginning in 1967. His accuser said McMeel was the first to abuse him, then "handed him off" to Eordogh after he left Holy Cross to become the Jesuits' Superior Regular for Alaska.
Holy Cross had a school with 70-67 students.
Eordogh was a Jesuit from Hungary who worked in Alaska from the late 1960s through the early 1970s.
|1965||1968||Bettles, Manley Hot Springs, Rampart, Ruby, Tanana, Anvik, Flat, Grayling, Holikachuck, Pimute, Shagluk, Marshall, Russian Mission||AK||These were stations of Holy Cross in Holy Cross.|
Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985) succeeded Gleeson as Fairbanks
|1970||Council of Vigilance||Fairbanks||AK|
|1968||1973||Immaculate Conception||Fairbanks||AK||3/3, 3/4|
|1968||1970||College||AK||This was a station of Immaculate Conception in Fairbanks.|
|1970||1971||Diocesan Building Commission||Fairbanks||AK|
|1969||1973||Pontifical Society for Propogation of the Faith||Fairbanks||AK|
|Sept. 1973||July 1976||St. John Berchman||Galena||AK||1/1|
|1973||1976||Ruby; Manley Hot Springs, Huslia||AK||These were missions of St. John Berchman in Galena.|
|Aug. 1976||Nov.1977||Little Flower of Jesus||Hooper Bay||AK||1/1|
|Aug .1976||Nov. 1977||Scammon Bay||AK||This was a mission of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper Bay.|
|1976||1977||Cape Romanzof||AK||This was a station of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper Bay.|
|1977||1978||Toksook Bay, Nightmute||AK||These were missions of St. Joseph's in Tununak.|
|1977||1978||Umkumute||AK||This was a station of St. Joseph's in Tununak.|
Great Falls bishop was Thomas Joseph Murphy (1978-1987).
|St. Paul's Indian Mission Church||Hays||MT||Per Renner's Alaskana Catholica, McMeel was on sabbatical during 1978-1979.|
Ft. Wayne-South Bend bishop was William Edward McManus (1976-1985).
|Institute for Clergy Education, Notre Dame University||South Bend||IN||Per Renner's Alaskana Catholica.|
Juneau bishop was Michael Hughes Kenny (1979-1995).
|St. Rose of Lima||Wrangell||AK||Per Renner's Alaskana Catholica, McMeel was administrator of this parish for six months in 1979.|
Anthony Michael Milone replaced Murphy as bishop (1987-2006). Great Falls diocese's name was changed to Great Falls-Billings in February 1980.
|1990||St. Paul's Indian Mission Church||Fort Belknap Indian Reservation/Hays||MT||2/2, 1/1, 1/2||
St. Paul's Indian Mission had a school with 114-54 students.
A 2006 lawsuit claimed that McMeel was sent to Montana after they learned he had molested a child in Alaska.
|1978||1990||St. Thomas||Lodge Pole||MT|
|1988||1990||Sacred Heart||Ft. Belknap Agency||MT|
|1990||1991||McMeel is not indexed in the 1991 Directory.|
|1991||1994||St. Paul's Indian Mission Church||Fort Belknap Indian Reservation/Hays||MT||1/1||St. Paul's Indian Mission had a school with 102-127 students, and a religious education program with 106-80 students.|
|1991||1994||St. Thomas||Lodge Pole||MT|
|1991||1994||Sacred Heart||Ft. Belknap Agency||MT||McMeel died Jan. 6, 1994.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-1995)
• 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