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Assignment Record – Rev. Gordon L. Keys, s.j.

Summary of Case: Gordon Keys was an Oregon Province Jesuit ordained in 1955. After teaching high school for a year in Fairbanks AK, he went on to teach and do parish work for seven years on the Colville Indian reservation in WA state. In 1965 he was assigned to Jesuit High in Portland, where he taught for three years. He then spent a few years assisting in a Woodburn parish, followed by a decade at Seattle University. Keys was also a hospital chaplain for many years and a long-time convent chaplain. In 1987 he returned to Jesuit High until 2000, when he retired to the Jesuits' Regis Community in Spokane. He died in 2005. In 2011 Keys' name was included on the Oregon Province's list of its members who have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Ordained: June 18, 1955
Died: Jan. 6, 2005



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1956 Alma College Los Gatos CA 4th year theologian  


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

1957 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  


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

1958 Loyola Hall, Monroe High School Fairbanks AK teacher  


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


St. Mary's Indian Mission

Omak WA 3/3  
1958 1962 St. Joseph's East Omak WA    
1962 1965

Sacred Heart Mission

Nespelem WA 1/1  
1962 1965   Keller WA    


Portland archbishop was Edward Daniel Howard (1926-1966), followed by Robert Joseph Dwyer (1966-1974).

1968 Jesuit High School Portland OR English and religion teacher Jesuit High had 511-467 students, all male.
1968 1970 St. Luke's

Woodburn OR 3/3 St. Luke's had a school with 282-234 students.
1968 1970 St. Agnes Hubbard OR   This was a mission of St. Luke's in Woodburn.


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

1980 Seattle University Seattle WA    


Portland archbishop was Cornelius Michael Power (1974-1986), followed by William Joseph Levada (1986-1995).

1987 St. Vincent Hospital Portland OR chaplain Keys' obituary states that he was a hospital chaplain in the Northwest for 30 years.
    Holy Names Convent Marylhurst OR chaplain (for 10 years)  
1987 2000

Jesuit High School

Portland OR   Jesuit High had 439-1,084 students, all boys until 1993 when girls were admitted.


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

2005 Jesuit Regis Community Spokane WA Keys "took as much weekday and weekend supply work in the area as he could."




Keys died Jan. 6, 2005.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-2005)

Fr. Gordon Keys, s.j. Obituary, Inland Register, Jan. 13, 2005
Non-Monetary Commitments, The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus website, accessed Dec. 7, 2012
Colville Indian Reservation, Washington State,, accessed Nov. 16, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on November 16, 2014.