Assignment Record – Rev. Bradley "Brad" R. Reynolds, s.j.

Summary of Case: Rev. Brad Reynolds, s.j. was ordained a Jesuit of the Oregon Province in 1977. He rose to prominence as a photographer and writer, work that took him from Toksook Bay, Alaska to Colombia, South America. Reynolds was affiliated with Seattle and Gonzaga Universities, and worked as Assistant Formation Director for the Province. He was also a close advisor to the Provincial. In August 2008 Reynolds was accused by two "John Does" of having sexually abused them when they were minors in Toksook Bay. He was placed on leave and sent to live under supervision in a Portland Jesuit community. The Gonzaga University website in April 2014 shows Reynolds to be working at Gonzaga as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry.

Ordained: 1977


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
Fairbanks diocese.    

Toksook Bay, Nelson Island

• Reynolds was accused by two "John Does" in 2008 of having sexually abused them in Toksook Bay village when they were minors. (There is no public information as to time frame of the alleged abuse.)

AK   Reynolds first went to Toksook Bay in 1973 to write about the Jesuits there. He would visit often over the next 30 years, including a several month sabbatical in 2002.


Portland archbishop was Cornelius Michael Power (1974-1986).

1980 Novitiate of St. Francis Xavier Portland OR  
1980 1983         Reynolds is not indexed in the 1981-1983 Directories.


Seattle archbishop was Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1975-1991).

1990 Seattle University Seattle WA    


William Joseph Levada succeeded Power as Portland archbishop (1986-1995).

1993 Jesuit Development & Communications Office Portland OR    


Arlington bishop was John Richard Keating (1983-1998).

1994 St. Louis' Alexandria VA 4/4 In residence. St. Louis' had a school with 430 students and a CCD program with 500 students.


Francis Eugene George, o.m.i. replaced Levada as Portland archbishop (1996-1997), followed by John Georg Vlazny (1997-2013).

2001 Jesuit Provincial Office Portland OR Assistant for Formation 1994-2001; Executive Assistant Socius 1997-2001 The socius is the Provincial's closest advisor.
1997 2005 Colombiere Jesuit Community Portland OR    
2005 2009         Reynolds is not indexed in the 2006-2009 Directories.

Fall 2006

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

  Gonzaga University Spokane WA Artist in Residence  


Portland archdiocese.

2012 Colombiere Jesuit Community Portland OR   Reynolds was removed from ministry in August 2008, after two "John Does" accused him in a lawsuit of sexually abusing them in Toksook Bay, AK, when they were minors. Reynolds was sent to the Colombiere Community to live "under 24-hr. supervision". The Province fought the allegations. Reynolds' name was included in the Fairbanks diocese's 2010 bankruptcy reorganization documents among 'individuals against whom a complaint of abuse has been asserted by more than one person'.
2012 2013         2013 Directory not available.


Blase Joseph Cupich replaced Skylstad as Spokane bishop (2010-).

2019 Gonzaga University Spokane WA Assistant Director of Campus Ministry  


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1978-2012)

Mainly for the Magic, By Fr. Brad Reynolds, s.j. Northwest Jesuits, Spring 2003
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, January 25, 2010, p. 1
Fairbanks Judge Urges Lawyers to Close Church Abuse Cases, By Mary Beth Smetzer, News-Miner, January 22, 2009
Judge Pushes to Resolve Priest Sex-abuse Cases, By Mary Beth Setzer, Anchorage Daily News, January 22, 2009
Meet the Jesuits, Gonzaga University website, no date
Fr. Brad Reynolds, s.j. bio,
Faces of Poverty: Global and Local Images, Rare Book Room, Foley Center Library,, March 2 - April 9, 2009
The University Ministry Team 2013-2019,

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This assignment record was last updated on February 25, 2019.