Assignment Record – Rev. John J. "Jack" Wood, s.j.

Summary of Case: John J. "Jack" Wood was ordained for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in 1950. He had been working in Alaskan villages as a seminarian since 1945. In 1962 he transferred to Seattle University to teach, returning in 1965 to Alaska for another year. Next he was assigned to a Portland OR parish, back to Seattle U., on to a Spokane convent and then to a Beaverton OR nursing home as chaplain. Wood spent the following 11 years at a Portland OR retirement facility and another nearly 10 years at a Care Center in Spokane. He died in Spokane March 11, 1997. Wood's name was included on the Fairbanks diocese's list in 2009 of "individuals against whom one person has brought a complaint of sexual abuse". The abuse is said to have occurred in Chevak AK, where he was assigned in the 1950s.

: June 17, 1950
Died: March 11, 1997


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


Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska bishop was Walter James Fitzgerald, s.j. (1945-1947).

1947 Holy Cross Mission Holy Cross AK seminarian  


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

1951 Alma College Los Gatos CA seminarian, student priest Wood was ordained March 11, 1997.


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (150-1975).

1952 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA Jesuit tertianship  


Vicariate Apostolic of Alaska bishop was Francis Doyle Gleeson, s.j. (1948-1968).

1954 Little Flower of Jesus Hooper Bay AK


Wood was also chaplain for the Alaska National Guard and auxiliary military chaplain to Air Force personnel at Cape Romanzof.

1952 1954   Scammon Bay, Chevak, Kashunak, Keyaluvik AK   These were stations of Little Flower of Jesus in Hooper Bay.
1954 1959 Sacred Heart


• The Fairbanks diocese included Wood's name on its 2007 list of "individuals against whom one person has brought a complaint of sexual abuse". The abuse was said to have occurred in Chevak.

AK 1/1  
1954 1959   Newtok AK   This was a station of Sacred Heart in Chevak.
1959 1962 Immaculate Conception Bethel AK 2/2  
1959 1962   Aniak, Kalskag, Nyac, McGrath AK   These were stations of Immaculate Conception in Bethel.


Seattle archdiocese

1965 Seattle University Seattle WA taught evening classes  


The Fairbanks diocese was established Aug. 8, 1962.

1966 Immaculate Conception Bethel AK 2/2  



1966   Aniak, Goodness Bay, Kalskag, Nyac, McGrath, Medfra, Platinum     These were stations of Immaculate Conception in Bethel.


Portland in Oregon archbishop was Robert Joseph Dwyer (1966-1974).

1971 St. Ignatius Portland OR  

St. Ignatius had a school with 370-300 students.

Wood is indexed as at St. Ignatius, but he is not listed as there in the Portland pages of the Directory.


Seattle archdiocese

1974 Seattle University Seattle WA    


Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1976 Holy Names Sisters Spokane WA chaplain  


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

1977 Maryville Nursing Home Beaverton OR chaplain  
1977 1988 Mount St. Joseph Residence and Care Center Portland OR   Wood is not indexed beyond the 1978 Directory. His whereabouts during after 1977 are per Americana Catholica, by Louis L. Renner, s.j.


Spokane bishop was Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990), followed by William Stephen Skylstad (1990-2010).

1997 St. Joseph Care Center Spokane WA   Wood died March 11, 1997.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1953-1978)

Alaskana Catholica: A History of the Catholic Church in Alaska, by Louis L. Renner, s.j.
Settlement Talks Continue in Clergy Sex Abuse Cases, By Mary Beth Smetzer, Fairbanks News-Miner, November 3, 2007
Jesuit Abuse Settlement Aims to Heal, $50 Million: Religious Order's Head Says Church Failed Victims in Alaska, By Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, November 20, 2007
Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, Jan. 25, 2010, p. 2

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This assignment record was last updated on Aug. 8, 2014.