Assignment Record – Rev. Richard J. Pauson, s.j.

Summary of Case: Richard Pauson was an Oregon Province Jesuit priest, ordained in 1957. His entire career was spent on Indian reservations in Montana and Idaho. He died in 1971. Pauson's name was included in 2011 on the Oregon Province's list of its members who have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1957
Died: Aug. 25, 1971



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Kansas City Kansas archbishop was Edward Joseph Hunkeler (1951-1969).

1958 St. Mary's College St. Mary's KS student priest This was a Jesuit House of Theological Studies.


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1959 St. Paul's Mission Hays MT 2/2 St. Paul's Mission had an Indian day grade school with 59 boys and 50 girls.
1958 1959 St. Thomas Lodge Pole MT  

St. Thomas had a religious vacation school with 45 students. It was a mission of St. Paul's Mission.

1958 1959 St. Joseph's Zortman MT   St. Joseph's had a religious vacation school with 11 students. It was a mission of St. Paul's Mission.
1958 1959   Beaver Creek, Landusky, Cow Creek MT   These were stations of St. Paul's Mission.


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

1960 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  


Great Falls diocese

1963 St. Thomas the Apostle Harlem MT 1/1 St. Thomas' had a religious vacation school with 142 students.
1960 1963 St. Thomas Hogeland MT   This was a mission of St. Thomas the Apostle in Harlem. It had a religious vacation school with 22-29 students.
1960 1963 Sacred Heart

Fort Belknap MT   This was a mission of St. Thomas the Apostle in Harlem.
1963 1965 St. Xavier's Mission St. Xavier, Crow Indian Reservation MT 2/2 St. Xavier's had a boarding and day school with 12-8 boys and 31-12 girls, and a religious vacation school with 56-12 students.
1963 1965 St. Denis' Crow Agency MT   This was a mission of St. Xavier's. St. Denis' had a religious vacation school with 58 students.


Boise City bishop was Sylvester William Treinen (1962-1988).

1968 St. Joseph Children's Home Culdesac ID In residence.  



1971 Sacred Heart Lapwai ID 1/1

This was a Jesuit mission serving the Coeur d'Alene and Nez Perce Indians.

Pauson died Aug. 25, 1971.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1958-1972)

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 December 9, 2014.