Assignment Record – Rev. James F.X. Pratt, s.j.

Summary of Case: A member of the Society of Jesus of the New England Province ordained in 1986, Pratt was removed from active ministry as a University Chaplain in Tennessee in 2003 after he was accused of having sexually abused a high school senior in the early 1980s. Pratt was a seminarian and teacher at a Connecticut high school in the early '80s. He is last known to be working as the Director of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome, Italy.

Ordained: 1986

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Bridgeport bishop was Walter William Curtis (1961-1988).

1983 Fairfield College Prep. High School


• Pratt was accused in 2003 of having sexually abused a senior in high school during his time at Fairfield College Prep.

CT seminarian; teacher  


Bishop of the Oakland diocese was John Cummins


The Jesuit Community at Berkeley


Berkeley CA Received a Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1987.
1987 1988         Pratt is not indexed in the 1988 Directory.


Nashville diocese bishop was James D. Niedergeses (1975-1992).

1990 Cathedral of the Incarnation Nashville TN


In residence.



Bernard Law was Boston archbishop

1992 The Jesuit Community at Boston College Chestnut Hill MA    


Bishop of the Worcester diocese was Timothy J. Harrington (1983-1994), replaced by Daniel P. Reilly (1994-2004).

1995 Jesuits of Holy Cross College Worcester MA    
1994 1996 The Society of Jesus New England Provincial Offices Boston MA  



Bishop of the Nashville diocese was Edward U. Kmiec (1992-2004).

2001 Cathedral of the Incarnation Nashville TN

4/4, 5/5, 5/7

In residence.

1996 2003 Vanderbilt University Nashville TN Chaplain Received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 2002.
1996 2003 Diocesan Coordinator of Campus Ministries Nashville TN    
1998 2003 Diocesan Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors Nashville TN    


Archbishop of Boston is Sean P. O'Malley (2003-)

2004 Loyola House



MA   Pratt was removed from ministerial duties due to accusations of sexual misconduct dating to his time as a seminarian (1981-1983) at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, CT.
2004   The Society of Jesus New England Provincial Offices Boston MA   Pratt, James F. X., ’76, Jesuit Adm. Dir. of the Jesuit Historical Institute (Rome) [Vanderbilt]
    Jesuit Historical Institute Rome Italy Director  

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1986-2007).

VU's Catholic Chaplain Removed, Charges of Sexual Abuse Predate His Ordination, By Brian Lewis, The Tennessean, March 10, 2003
Some Say Chaplain's Removal Too Harsh, By Brian Lewis, The Tennessean, March 16, 2003
2 Ex-Prep Teachers Accused of Sex Misconduct, By Genevieve Reilly, Connecticut Post [Bridgeport], March 21, 2003, May 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on May 2, 2013.


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