Assignment Record – Rev. Harold H. Ernsdorff, s.j.

Summary of Case: Harold Ernsdorff was a priest of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, ordained in 1943. He was pastor of a parish with an affiliated school on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Washington state. He spent his last five years at Seattle Prep High school in Seattle until his death in 1958. Ernsdorff's name was included in 2011 on the Oregon Province's list of its members who have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1943
Died: Aug. 21, 1958


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1944 Alma College Alma CA 4th year theologian  


Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

1945 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  


Baker City bishop was Joseph Francis McGrath (1918-1950), followed by Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1971).

1954 St. Joseph's Umatilla Reservation WA 1/1  
1948 1954 St. Andrew's Day School Umatilla Reservation WA   St. Andrew's had 36-28 boys and 44-27 girls.


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

1958 Seattle Preparatory High School Seattle WA  

Seattle Prep. had 420-430 students, all boys.

Ernsdorff died Aug. 21, 1958.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1944-1960)

Non-Monetary Commitments, The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus website, accessed Dec. 7, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 12, 2014.