Assignment Record – Rev. William Norbert Bischoff, s.j.

Summary of Case: William N. Bischoff was a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province, ordained in 1947. He was an academic affiliated with the Jesuits' Gonzaga University in Spokane in the 1950s, and Seattle University from 1969 until his death in 1991. He appears to have been based in the Province's Indian Missions during the 1960s. Bischoff's name was included on the Province's 2011 list of "perpetrators of sexual abuse"; the Jesuits agreed to post the list on its website as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Ordained: June 16, 1947
Died: October 27, 1991



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1950 Alma College Alma CA The 1948 Directory lists Bischoff as a 4th year theology student. The 1948 and 1949 Directories index him as at Alma College, but do not list his as there in the San Francisco pages.  


Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955).

1952 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    


Seattle archbishop wasThomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1954 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertianship  


White was succeeded as Spokane bishop by Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1962 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    
1962 1965         William N. is not indexed in the 1963- 1965 Directories. A William J. is indexed and listed as at Alma College in Los Gatos, CA in the 1963 Directory (4th year theologian), and in the 1964 Directory as at St. Stanislaus Novitiate in the Detroit Province (tertian father). In the 1965 DirectoryWilliam J. is indexed and listed as at St. Ignatius Church in St. Ignatius MT (Helena diocese).


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1966 Montana Indian Missions Great Falls MT    


Portland in Oregon archbishop was Robert Joseph Dwyer (1966-1974).

1969 Jesuit Missions Portland OR   William J. is shown in the 1965-1968 Directories as in Nespelem WA, at Sacred Heart Mission (Spokane diocese). William J. is not indexed beyond the 1968


Connolly was succeeded as Seattle archbishop by Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1975-1991).

1991 Seattle University Seattle WA   Bischoff died Oct. 27, 1991.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1993)

Father Bischoff to Say First Mass in Home Parish Here, by Mrs. Ray Fontaine, Yakima News, June 27, 1947
Non-Monetary Commitments, Oregon Jesuits, Dec. 7, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec.10, 2019.