Assignment Record – Rev. John S. "Jack" Harrington, s.j.

Summary of Case: John S. "Jack" Harrington was ordained a Jesuit priest of the Oregon province in 1948. He went on to teach for 25 years - at Seattle University in Seattle WA, and then at Gonzaga University and Gonzaga Preparatory High School in Spokane WA. In 1976 Harrington was assigned to a parish in Havre MT, where he stayed almost twenty years, before being transferred to a parish in Missoula MT. He was an assistant priest at both. Harrington retired in the early 2000s to the Jesuits' Regis Community in Spokane. He died March 5, 2004. Harrington's name name was included in 2011 on the Oregon Province's list of its members who have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1948
Died: March 5, 2004


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1949 Alma College Alma CA 4th year theologian  


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

1950 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  


St. Louis archbishop was Joseph Elmer Ritter (1946-1967).

1951 St. Louis University St. Louis MO graduate student  


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

1967 Seattle University Seattle MO    


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

1976 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    
    Gonzaga Preparatory High School Spokane WA   This assignment is per Harrington's obituary.


Great Falls bishop was Eldon Bernard Schuster (1967-1977), followed by Thomas Joseph Murphy (1978-1987).

1994 St. Jude Thaddeus Havre MT 3/3, 3/4, 2/2, 2/3 St. Jude's had a school with 194-285 students.
1976 1994 St. John Cottonwood MT  

This was a mission of St. Jude Thaddeus in Havre.

Harrington is not indexed beyond the 1994


Helena bishop was Alexander Joseph Brunett (1994-1997), followed by Robert Charles Morlino (1999-2003).


St. Francis Xavier

Missoula MT 4/4, 4/5, 5/5, 3/7 Harrington is not indexed in the 1995-1998 Directories. His is, however, listed in the Helena pages as at St. Francis Xavier's.


Spokane bishop was William Joseph Skylstad (1990-2010).

2004 Jesuit Regis Community Spokane WA  

Although the Directories indicate he was at St. Francis' Xavier's in Missoula MT until 2003, Harrington's obituary states he retired to the Regis Community in 2000.

Harrington died March 5, 2004.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1949-2004)

Fr. Jack Harrington, s.j. Obituary, Inland Register, March 18, 2004
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 November 13, 2014.