Fr. Bernard Francis McMeel

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Known as “Fr. Barney.” Worked in AK 1955-78. Accused in 2006 suit of abusing a child 1967-70 , 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 1/6/94. Claims included in 11/07 settlement with Jesuits. One pending claim shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks diocese 1/25/10. On Great Falls-Billings list 8/21/18. On Jesuits West list 12/7/18. It notes sex abuse of a minor in 1977, reported in 1978.


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