Fr. William N. Bischoff – Diocese of San Jose

Father William Bischoff

Diocese of San Jose (Jesuits)

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Ordained: 1947

Died: 1991

Assignment History:

  • 1947-1950: Alma College (Alma, CA)
  • 1950-1952: Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
  • 1953-1954: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1954-1962: Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
  • 1965-1966: Montana Indian Missions (Great Falls, MT)
  • 1966-1969: Jesuit Missions (Portland, OR)
  • 1969-1991: Seattle University (Seattle, WA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Bischoff:

Fr. William Bischoff was a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province, ordained in 1947, who served in multiple dioceses parishes including in the Diocese of San Jose. He was an academic affiliated with the Jesuits’ Gonzaga University in Spokane in the 1950s, and Seattle University from 1969 until his death. He was based in the Province’s Indian Missions during the 1960s. According to media reports, Bischoff’s name was included on the Province’s 2011 list of “perpetrators of sexual abuse.” The Jesuits agreed to post the list on its website as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan.

In 2018, Bischoff’s name was included on the Jesuits West Province list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted abuse reported in 2009 that took place in 1953-1956, 1957-1961, and 1962. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown. 

Fr. Bischoff died in 1991.

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