Assignment Record – Rev. Harold J. Greif, s.j.

Summary of Case: Rev. Harold J. Greif was a Jesuit who spent the bulk of his priesthood in Alaska. He was ordained in 1940 and died in 1991. Greif was the subject of allegations of sexual abuse by at least two people, according to bankruptcy reorganization documents from the diocese of Fairbanks in 2010.

Died:Oct. 28, 1991


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


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

1941 Alma College Alma CA  


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

1942 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA Jesuit Tertianship  
1942 1946 U.S. Army     chaplain  
1946 1948 Bellarmine High School Tacoma WA Bellarmine high had


Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska bishop was Francis Doyle Gleeson, s.j. (1948-1968).

1952 Holy Cross Mission Holy Cross AK 2/2 Holy Cross Mission had a boaring school and orphanage with 120-193 students.
      Pimute, Flate, Shageluk, Railroad City AK These were missions of Holy Cross Mission.


Fairbanks diocese was established Aug. 8, 1962. Gleeson remained bishop.

Anchorage diocese was established Feb. 9, 1966. Its bishop was John Joseph Thomas Ryan (1966-1975).

1967 Holy Rosary


• In 2010 the Fairbanks diocese revealed in bankruptcy reorganization documents that Greif was accused of sexual abuse by at least two people.


2/2, 2/3, 2/4

Rev. George S. Endal was pastor 1952-1962.

Holy Rosary had a school from 1953 on with 16-52 students.

Endal was named in a 2011 settlement as one of the Jesuits' top ten worst alleged offenders, with 25 claims of child sexual abuse - of both boys and girls - against him.

1954 1962   Clark's Point, Naknek, King Salmon     These were stations of Holy Rosary in Dillingham.
1962 1965   Clark's Point, Naknek, King Salmon, Levelock     These were stations of Holy Rosary in Dillingham.
1965 1966   (Dillingham) Clark's Point, Egegik, Ekuk, Fort Randell (Cold Bay), Kanakanak, King Solmon, Levelock, Naknek (So. Naknek), Newhalen, Nondalton, Port Heiden, Togiak     These were stations of Holy Rosary in Dillingham.
1966 1967   Egegig, King Salmon, Levelock, South Naknek     This were missions of Holy Rosary in Dillingham.
1967 1969 Holy Family/Copper Valley School Glennallen AK 1/2 Copper Valley School had 67 boys and 80 girls.


Fairbanks bishop was Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985).

1983 St. Joseph's Nome AK


Rev. James Poole, s.j. was pastor 1969-1979.

Poole has been the subject of multiple accusations of sexual abuse of young girls.
1969 1971   King Island Village, Little Diocmede Island, Telle  


These were stations of St. Joseph's in Nome.
1971 1983   Little Diocmede Island, Telle     These were stations of St. Joseph's in Nome.


Spokane bishop was Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990), followed by William Stephen Skylstad (1990-2010).

1991 Gonzaga University Spokane WA   Greif died OCt. 28, 1991.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1941-1992)

Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, Jan. 25, 2010, p. 1
Assignment Record – Rev. George S. Endal, s.j.,
Assignment Record – Rev. James E. Poole, s.j.,

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