Assignment Record – Rev. James R. Laudwein, s.j.

Summary of Case: An Oregon Province Jesuit ordained in 1962, Laudwein lived and worked in Alaska until around 1994, when he was transferred to Portland, Oregon. He was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in St. Mary's, Alaska, in 1980. His accuser said the abuse happened during confession. Laudwein denied the accusations. The Jesuits ackowledged that he fathered a child in Alaska in an unrelated case.

: 1962


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1962 1963       Laudwein is not indexed in the 1963 Directory.


Cleveland bishop was Francis Howard Hoban (1945-1966).

1964 St. Stanislaus Novitiate Cleveland OH Jesuit Tertianship  


Fairbanks bishop was Francis Doyle Gleeson, s.j. (1948-1968).

1968 Loyola Hall, Monroe High School Fairbanks AK

2/4, 1/5, 1/2

teacher; counselor; principal 1966-1968

1967 1968   Bettles, Hughes, Huslia, Manley Hot Springs, Rampart AK   These were stations of Loyola Hall, Monroe High School in Fairbanks.
1964 1968 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks   Newman Student Federation chaplain  


Gleeson was succeeded by Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985).

1970 Little Flower of Jesus Hooper Bay AK 1/1  
1969 1970   Cape Romanzof AK   This was a station of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper Bay.
1970 1981 St. Mary's Mission

St. Mary

• Laudwein was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl at St. Mary's in 1980. The abuse was said to have happened during confession, and that Laudwein told the girl her "sins would be forgiven" if she touched his genitals. Laudwein denied the accusations.

AK Jesuit Superior 1970-1975; School Administrator 1975-1981

St. Mary's had a school 1970-1974 with 97 day students. It had a Junior and Senior high school 1970-1981 with 36-72 day students and 158-75 boarders.

Laudwein's superior said in 2005 that, in an unrelated case, Laudwein fathered a child in Alaska.


Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1982 Jesuit Theological Union Berkeley CA continuing education  


Anchorage archbishop was Francis Thomas Hurley (1976-2001).

1995 Alaska Jesuit House/Residences Anchorage AK Anchorage Jesuit Community Superior 1986-1994; Advisor to Jesuit Volunteer Community 1987- ; Brother Francis Shelter chaplain 1992- ; Covenant House chaplain 1992- .  
1982 1995 University of Alaska-Anchorage Anchorage   campus minister Per Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, Laudwein worked at "other
centers of higher learning" in Anchorage. He also traveled throughout the archdiocese on weekends as one of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Visitation Team.


Portland archbishop was Francis Eugene George, o.m.i. (1996-1997).

1997 Jesuit Provincial Office Portland OR   Laudwein is indexed under the Jesuit Provincial Office in the 1995-1997 Directories, but no assignments or locations are listed.


George was replaced by John George Vlazny (1997-2013).

2001 Colombiere Community Portland OR Per Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, Laudwein was Superior of the Colombiere Community 1995-2001. Laudwein worked at least through 2004 in downtown Portland parishes, with "street people" and with Native American Catholics.
2001 2004 Jesuit Novitiate of St. Francis Xavier Portland OR Father Minister  
2004 2012 Colombiere Community Portland OR   Laudwein was removed from active ministry in October 2005 after accusations emerged that he sexually abused a girl in 1980 in Alaska.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1963-2012)

Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Hooper Bay, Alaska: 1928-2003, Editors Note: This Article Is Indebted to a Considerable Extent to Writings by Father Louis L. Renner, S.J., Alaskan Shepherd, June-July 2003
Another Former Alaska Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse, By Megan Baldino, Channel 2, October 20, 2005
New Priest Abuse Suit Fuels Critics' Charges, Dumping Ground: Pedophile Clergy Were Sent to Alaska, Some Say, By Rachel D'Oro,
Associated Press, carried in Anchorage Daily News, October 21, 2005
Sex-Abuse Suits Embroil Jesuits in Northwest, Lawsuits the Oregon-Based Province Faces Scores of Cases, Many Involving Priests in Alaska, By Ashbel S. Green , The Oregonian [Oregon], November 14, 2005
Jesuits Say Half of Alaskan Claims Not Theirs, By Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel [Alaska], November 17, 2005
Provincial of Jesuits Deals with Charges By Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News [Alaska], April 17, 2006
Jesuit Abuse Settlement Aims to Heal, $50 Million: Religious Order's Head Says Church Failed Victims in Alaska, By Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, November 20, 2007
Pilot Station - Saint Charles Spinola Catholic Church, Diocese Of Fairbanks, No Date
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, p.2, January 25, 2010
• Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, by Louis L. Renner, s.j.

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This assignment record was last updated on March 23, 2014.