Assignment Record– Rev. Charles A. Saalfeld, s.j.

Summary of Case: Charles A. Saalfeld was ordained a priest of the Jesuits' Oregon Province June 13, 1946. He taught high school math, physics, and religion in Tacoma WA, Yakima WA and Fairbanks AK. Toward the end of his career he pastored a parish in Nulato AK. Saalfeld died in March 1978. According to the Fairbanks diocese's bankruptcy reorganization documents in 2010, there has been one claim of sexual abuse against Saalfeld.

: June 13, 1946
Died: March 5, 1978


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


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

1947 Alma College Alma CA  


Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

1948 Bellarmine Preparatory High School Tacoma WA   Bellarmine Prep. had 330 students, all male.
1948 1949 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertianship  


Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

The Yakima diocese was established July 9, 1951. Its bishop was Joseph Patrick Dougherty (1951-1969).

1956 Marquette High School Yakima WA   Marquette High had 275-212 students, all male.


Madison bishop was William Patrick O'Connor (1946-1967).

1957 St. Joseph's (Italian) Madison WI 3/3 In residence.

St. Joseph's had a school with 116 students.

Per Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, by Louis L. Renner, s.j. Saalfeld was a University of Wisconsin physics student.


Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska/Fairbanks bishop was Francis Doyle Gleeson (1948-1968).

The Fairbanks diocese was established Aug. 8, 1962.

1966 Monroe Catholic High School


• Saalfeld's name appeared on the Fairbanks diocese's list in 2010 of "admitted, proven, or credibly accused perpetrators of sexual abuse." There is one known claim against Saalfeld.

AK teacher of math, physics, religion Per Renner, in 1960 Saalfeld had a fellowship at the University of Illinois to study higher mathematics. This is not reflected in the Directory.
1966 1973 St. Aloysius Tanana AK 1/1  
1966 1973   Ruby, Galena, Bettles, Hughes, Huslia, Koyukuk, Manley Hot Springs, Rampart AK   These were stations of St. Aloysius in Tanana.


Oakland bishop was Floyd Lawrence Begin (1962-1977).

1974 Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley CA sabbatical  


Fairbanks bishop was Robert Louis Whelan, s.j. (1968-1985).

1978 Our Lady of the Snows Nulato AK 1/1  
1974 1978   Kaltag, Koyukuk AK 1/1

These were missions of Our Lady of the Snows in Nulato.

Saalfeld died March 6, 1978.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1947-1979)

Twenty Persons Appointed to Faculty of Catholic School, Fairbanks News-Miner, September 16, 1958
• Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, by Louis L. Renner, s.j.
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, January 25, 2010, p. 2.

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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 2, 2014.