Assignment Record – Rev. Richard L. McCaffrey, s.j.
Fairbanks bishop was Francis Doyle Gleeson, s.j. (1948-1968), followed by Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985).
|1973||Copper Valley School||Glennallen||AK||Jesuit scholastic during summers, prior to ordination; teacher of math, general science and economics; boys' Dorm Prefect|
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|1970||Urban Sisters' League||Boston||MA||teacher of inner-city youth|
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1973||Weston Jesuit School of Theology||Cambridge||MA||theology student||McCaffrey was ordained May 26, 1973.|
|1973||1978||Sacred Heart Cathedral||Fairbanks||AK||3/3, 3/4|
|1973||1975||Harding Lake||AK||This was a station of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks.|
|1973||1977||College||AK||This was a station of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks.|
|1973||1975||North Pole||AK||This was a station of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks.|
|Marriage Tribunal||Fairbanks||AK||Defender of the Bond 1973- 1976, 1982-1995; Promoter of Justice 1973-1978, 1982-1995, 1996-1999.|
|1977||St. Patrick's||Barrow||AK||visiting priest|
Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955- 1978), followed by Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990).
|June 1978||Spokane||WA||Jesuit tertianship|
• McCaffrey was accused in an August 2005 lawsuit of having sexually abused a Tununak girl in 1978 and 1979, when the girl was 10 and 11 years-old. His accuser said the priest would invite her into his bedroom, take off her clothes, have her masturbate him, then tell her her actions were "pure.... like Adam and Eve." She said McCaffery also molested her friends.
|1978||1979||Toksook Bay||AK||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Tununak.|
|1978||1979||Nightmute||AK||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Tununak.|
|1978||1995||Commission on the Promotion of Christian Unity/Ecumenical Commission||Fairbanks||AK|
|1979||1981||Little Flower of Jesus||
• In May 2005 a 35-year-old woman reported that McCaffrey sexually assaulted her when she was 10-years-old, in a Western Alaska village.
• McCaffrey was accused in 2005 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl in the early 1980s at Little Flower of Jesus when the girl was 10 and 11 years-old. His accuser said McCaffery would force her to touch him and rub him with oil. She said he would tell her that what happened was okay and not to tell
|1979||1981||Scammon Bay||AK||This was a mission of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper Bay.|
|1979||1981||Cape Romanzof||AK||This was a station of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper Bay.|
|1979||1991||Commission for Liturgy, Sacred Music and Sacred Art||Fairbanks||AK||Chairman 1979-1983|
|1981||1985||Bishop's House and Chancery Office Church||Fairbanks||AK|
|1981||1995||Bishop's Council||Fairbanks||AK||Diocesan Consultors|
Fairbanks bishop was Michael Joseph Kaniecki, s.j. (1985-2000).
|1986||Monroe High School||Fairbanks||AK||Monroe High School had 140 students.|
|1986||1987||McCaffrey is not indexed in the 1987 Directory, but he is listed in the Fairbanks diocesan pages under numerous Chancery positions.|
|Finance Advisory Board||Fairbanks||AK|
|1987||Jan. 1998||Immaculate Conception Church||Bethel||AK||Pastor|
|1987||1990||Immaculate Heart of Mary||Marshall||AK||This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Bethel.|
|1987||1990||Our Lady of Guadalupe||Russian Mission||AK||This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Bethel.|
|1995||1996||St. Catherine's||Chevornak||AK||McCaffrey is indexed but not listed in the Fairbanks diocesan pages of the 1996 Directory as at St. Catherine's. He is listed as at Immaculate Conception in Bethel.|
|Jan. 1998||Oct. 1998||Brother Joe Prince Jesuit Community||St. Mary's||AK||On sabbatical.|
Kanieicki was succeeded as Fairbanks bishop by Donald Joseph Kettler (2002-2013).
|2005||Immaculate Conception Church||Fairbanks||AK||The 1999-2001 and 2003-2006 Directories index but do not list McCaffrey in the Fairbanks diocesan pages as at Immaculate Conception. The 2002 Directory does list McCaffrey as at Immaculate Conception.|
|1998||May 2005||Jesuit Residence||Fairbanks||AK||
The 1999-2006 Directories index McCaffrey as both at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Residence in Fairbanks.
McCaffrey was suspended from ministry in May 2005 due to allegations that he had sexually abused young girls. The allegations were deemed 'credible' and McCaffrey was permanently removed from the Fairbanks diocese in August 2005. McCaffrey denied the abuse.
Portland archbishop was Richard Joseph Malone (2004-2012).
|May 2006||Colombiere Jesuit Community||Portland||OR||McCaffrey died May 7, 2006.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-2006)
• 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