Assignment Record – Rev. Paul H. Linssen, s.j.

Summary of Case: A native of Holland, Linssen began his Jesuit seminary studies in the Netherlands Province. Because he wanted to work in Alaska, he transferred to the Oregon Province where he was ordained in 1950. He began his career in Alaska in 1952 based at Holy Cross Mission, followed by several years in Hamilton and then Nelson Island. Linssen died during a storm while on a boat downriver from Bethel in 1960. In 2010 his name was included in the the Fairbanks diocese's bankruptcy documents on a list of 'Individuals against whom one person has brought a complaint of sexual abuse'.

Ordained: June 17, 1950
Died: Sept. 1960


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


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

1951 Alma College Alma CA fourth year theologian  
1951 1952   Drongen/Tronchiennes Belgium Jesuit tertianship  


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

1954 Holy Cross Mission Holy Cross AK 2/2 Holy Cross Mission had a school first shown in the 1954 Directory, with 197 students.
1952 1954   Pimute, Flat, Shageluk, Railroad City. Holikaachuk 1953-1954. AK   These were stations of Holy Cross Mission.
1954 1956 St. Marjorie's Church Hamilton AK 1/1  
1954 1956   Chaneliak, Kotlik, Bill Moore's Slough AK   These were stations of St. Marjorie's in Hamilton.
1956 1960 St. Joseph's Tununak, Nelson Island (via Bethel) AK 2/2  
1956 1960   Nightmiut, Chefornak AK  

These were stations of St. Joseph's in Tununak.

Linssen died in September 1960.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1951-1961)

Search on for Priest, Companion, Fairbanks Daily News Miner, September 28, 1960
Services Held for Rev. Linssen, Sitka Daily Sentinel, October 7, 1960
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, Jan. 25, 2010, p. 2

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This assignment record was last updated on May 18, 2014.