Assignment Record – Rev. John "Jack" A. Bradley, s.j.

Summary of Case: A California province Jesuit ordained in 1954, Bradley was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a 17 year-old girl in Fresno in the early 1960s. The girl was said to have been pregnant and had been sent by her family to Fresno to live with friends who attended St. Agnes Mission, where Bradley was serving. Bradley's accuser said the abuse went on for five months. Bradley is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1970.

: 1954


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1955 Alma College Los Gatos CA  


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1957 St. Joseph's Seattle WA 4/6 St. Joseph's had a school with 367-382 boys and 82-122 girls.
1957 1958 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA Jesuit Tertianship  


Baker bishop was Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1971).

1959 St. Mary's Pendleton OR 2/2 St. Mary's had a school connected to St. Joseph Academy, with 135 boys and 122 girls. St. Joseph Academy also had a high school with 30 boys and 38 girls.


Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Toepel (1955-1978).

1962 St. Aloysius Spokane WA 5/5, 4/5 St. Aloysius had a school with 784-669 students.
1962 1965  


Bradley was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a 17 year-old girl in the early 1960s at St. Agnes Mission in Fresno, CA. His accuser said she was pregnant, and her parents sent her to live with Fresno friends who attended St. Agnes. She said Bradley was a priest at St. Agnes, and that he sexually abused her for five months.

    Bradley is indexed in the 1963-1965 Directories as at St. Aloysius in Spokane, but he is not listed as there in the Spokane diocesan pages.


San Diego bishop was Charles Francis Buddy (1936-1966).

1966 Our Lady of Angels San Diego CA 3/4 Our Lady of Angels had a grade school with 37 students, and a high school with 150 girls.


Buddy was succeeded by Francis James Furey (1966-1969), followed by Leo Thomas Maher (1969-1990).


Bradley is indexed in the 1967-1970 Directories as at Our Lady of Angels in San Diego, but he is not listed as there in the San Diego diocesan pages.

Bradley is not indexed beyond the 1970 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1970)

More Sex Abuse Suits Filed against Valley Priests, By Marc Benjamin, Fresno Bee (California), December 17, 2003
Deposition of Cardinal Roger Mahony, Nov. 23, 2004

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This assignment record was last updated on May 2, 2013