Assignment Record – Rev. Patrick H. McNamara, s.j.

Summary of Case: Patrick H. NcNamara was a priest of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, ordained in 1962. He was on the faculty of Loyola University in Los Angeles from 1964-1969, after which he resigned from the priesthood. He went on to marry, settling in New Mexico with his family. He was a professor at the University of New Mexico until his retirement in 1998. He died in 2001. McNamara's name was on the Los Angeles archdiocese's 2004 list of clerics against whom there were complaints of sexual misconduct. There was one complaint against McNamara, from the 1960s.

: 1962
Died: 2001


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


Indianapolis archbishop was Paul Clarence Schulte (1946-1970).

1963 West Baden University West Baden Springs IN student priest This was a House of Studies for the Chicago and Detroit Provinces of the Society of Jesus.


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

1964 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA Jesuit tertianship  


Los Angeles archbishop was James Francis Aloysius McIntyre (1948-1970).

1969 Loyola University

Los Angeles

• McNamara's name was on the Los Angeles archdiocese's 2004 list of clerics against whom there were complaints of sexual misconduct. There was one complaint against McNamara, from the 1960s.


McNamara earned a PhD in sociology from UCLA in 1968.



1969 2001         McNamara left the Jesuits in 1969. He married and took a job as an assistant professor at Univ. of Texas in El Paso. In 1970 he took a position at the University of New Mexico, where he stayed until his 1998 retirement. McNamara wrote six books and many articles, mostly in sociology and religion, with an emphasis on Catholicism. He died Nov. 16, 2001.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1963-1969)

Patrick H. McNamara,
Patrick Hayes McNamara Obituary,, Nov. 21, 2001
LA Archdiocesan Report, Feb. 17, 2004, page 5
LA Times Database, April 20, 2006

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