Assignment Record – Rev. John Schwartz, s.j.

Summary of Case: John Schwartz was ordained a priest of the Jesuits' Oregon Province in 1981. He was campus minister of Jesuit High in Beaverton through much of the 1980s, after which he left the Jesuits and spent a few years into the 1990s as a University chaplain and assistant at a Salem, OR parish. In 1997 Schwartz was accused of having sexually abused a Jesuit High student over a two-year period in the 1980s. Schwartz denied wrongdoing. The Official Catholic Directory does not index Schwartz between 1993-2003. It does show that he worked in parishes in the San Francisco archdiocese 2002-2005. His accuser sued in 2005 and Schwartz went on a leave of absence. Schwartz re-emerged as a nursing home chaplain in the archdiocese 2007-2011. His whereabouts beyond 2011 are unknown.

: 1981


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1984 Jesuit High School Beaverton OR campus minister Jesuit High had 520-509 students, all male.
1984 1985         Schwartz is not indexed in the 1985 Directory.


Power was succeeded by William Joseph Levada (1986-1995).

1987 Jesuit High School


Schwartz was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of sexually abusing a Jesuit High student in 1986 and 1987. The alleged abuse was reported twice in 1997. Schwartz denied wrongdoing.

OR campus minister Jesuit High had 540-510 students, all male.
1987 1989         Schwartz is not indexed in the 1988 or 1989 Directories.
1989 1993 Willamette University Salem OR chaplain Schwartz left the Jesuits in the late 1980s.
1989 1993? St. Joseph's Salem OR 2/3 St. Joseph's had a school with 257-306 students.

Schwartz is indexed in the 1992 and 1993 Directories as at St. Joseph's but is not listed as there in the Portland pages.
1993 2002         Schwartz is not indexed in the 1994-2002 Directories.


San Francisco archbishop was William Joseph Levada (195-2005).

2004 St. Stephen's San Francisco CA 2/3 St. Stephen's had a school with 310 students and a religious education program with 75 students.
2004 2005 St. Anselm's Ross CA 2/2 St. Anselm's had a school with 265 students and a religious education program with 188 students.
2005 2006 Absent on Leave        
2006 2007         Schwartz is not indexed in the 2007 Directory.


Levada was succeeded by George Hugh Niederauer (2005-2012).

2011 St. Anne's Home San Francisco CA chaplain

Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Schwartz is not indexed beyond the 2011 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons,1982-2011)

Former Jesuit Student Files Suit, Saying a Teacher Molested Him, By Ashbel S. Green, The Oregonian, October 7, 2005
Marin Priest Denies Molestation Allegations, CBS5, October 25, 2005
Group Says Accused Molester Is New Priest at St. Anselm's, By Nancy Isles Nation, Marlin Independent Journal, October 26, 2005
Sex-Abuse Suits Embroil Jesuits in Northwest, By Ashbel S. Green , The Oregonian [Oregon] , November 14, 2005
Past Student Settles Suit against Jesuits, High School for $95,000, By Ashbel S. Green, The Oregonian, November 30, 2005
Sex Abuse Case Could Cost Priest His Marin Post, By Nancy Isles Nation, Marin Independent Journal [San Francisco CA], December 1, 2005
Portland Claims Table, The Oregonian, November 12, 2006
Accused Priest to Return to Ross Church, By Nancy Isles Nation, Marin Independent Journal [Ross CA], November 28, 2006
Protest at Marin Church about Priest's Return, KTVU, November 28, 2006
News in Brief from California's North Coast, Fresno Bee , November 29, 2006

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This assignment record was last updated on July 5, 2014.