Assignment Record Rev. John B. Baud, S.J.

Summary of Case: A native of Lyons, France, Baud was ordained in 1932 for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in California. He spent the better part of three decades stationed in Nulato AK at St. Peter Claver's Mission, later renamed Our Lady of the Snows. He was a teacher, artist and musician, and is said to have had "a special concern" for children and youth. In 1962, when the Diocese of Fairbanks was established, Baud was moved to Copper Valley School in Glenallen AK. He later served briefly in St. Mary's, then as a hospital chaplain in Kodiak and Ketchikan, in the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the Diocese of Juneau. He died in 1968. Baud's name is included on the Fairbanks diocese's list of "admitted, proven or credibly accused perpetrators of sexual abuse." He is noted in February 2016 to have had one complaint against him.

Born: August 11, 1897
Ordained: June 20, 1932
Died: December 6, 1968



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1/28/1919 1923 Jesuit Novitiate Los Gatos CA seminarian  
1923 1926 Mount St. Michael's Spokane WA philosophical studies Baud became a U.S. citizen in 1926.
1926 1927 St. Ignatius High School San Francisco CA teacher of Latin and music  
1927 1929   Yakima WA teacher  
1929 1930 Holy Cross Mission Holy Cross AK prefect of boarding school boys  


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944).

1934 Weston College


MA theological studies

Baud was ordained in 1932.

1934 1935   Paray-le-Monial Burgundy, France tertian father  


Vicariate-Apostolic of Alaska bishop was Joseph Raphael John Crimont, S.J. (1904-1945), followed by Walter James Fitzgerald, S.J. (1945-1947), and Francis Doyle Gleeson, S.J. (1948-1968).

1962 St. Peter Claver's Mission/Our Lady of the Snows Nulato AK

2/2, 1/1, 1/2, 1/1

Superior 1940-1954

St. Peter Claver's Mission was renamed "Our Lady of the Snows" in 1951.

St. Peter Claver's/Our Lady of the Snows had a school with 45-77 students.

Per Louis L. Renner, S.J., in his Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, Baud had a "special concern" for children and youth. He started "The Club of St. John Bosco" for them.

1935 1962   Kaltag, Galena, Yokokaket, Birches, Nukloroyet, and other villages on Middle Yukon AK   These were stations of St. Peter Claver's Mission/Our Lady of the Snows.
1951 1966 Vigilance Council   AK    


The Fairbanks diocese was established August 8, 1962, with Gleeson as its bishop.

1965 Holy Family Glenallen AK


Baud was named "Spiritual Father" of Copper Valley School. He counseled students and taught religion and art.

Copper Valley School, a college prep boarding school established by the Jesuits in 1956, was affiliated with Holy Family. It had a grade school with 36 students (eventually phased out) and a high school with 60 students during Baud's years at Holy Family.
1962 1965   Gulcana, Chitina AK   These were stations of Holy Family in Glenallen.
1965 1966 St. Mary's Mission St. Mary AK


"Spiritual Father" and religion teacher.

St. Mary's had a grade school with 124 students and a high school with 100 students (14 day students and 86 boarders).


The Anchorage archdiocese was established February 9, 1966. Its archbishop was John Joseph Thomas Ryan (1966-1975).

1968 St. Mary's of Kodiak and the Islands Kodiak AK 2/2 St. Mary's had a school with 100-87 students.
1966 1968 Griffin Memorial Hospital Kodiak AK Chaplain  


Juneau bishop was Robert Dermot O'Flanagan (1951-1968).

  Ketchikan General Hospital Ketchikan AK Chaplain Baud died December 6, 1968 in Seattle WA, where he was diagnosed with "inoperable cancer."


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1933-1969)

Memoirs of a Yukon Priest, Segundo Lorente, S.J., Georgetown University Press, Washington D.C., Copyright 1990,
p. 25
Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, by Lous L. Renner, S.J., Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, 2005
Non-Monetary Undertakings of the Fairbanks Diocese Under the Third Plan of Reorganization, Diocese of Fairbanks website, downloaded February 15, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on February 28, 2016.