Fr. Bernard Francis McMeel

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Died: 01/6/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Known as “Fr. Barney.” Worked in AK 1955-1978. Accused in 2006 suit of abusing a child 1967-1970 , ages 4-7. Suit claims he was transferred out of Alaska in 1978 after the Order learned he had abused a child. He was assigned to the mission church on an Indian reservation in Great Falls, MT 1978 until his death 1/6/1994. Claims included in 11/2007 settlement with Jesuits. One pending claim shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks diocese 1/25/2010. On Great Falls-Billings list 8/21/2018. On Jesuits West list 12/7/2018. It notes the sex abuse of a minor in 1977, reported in 1978.

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