Ordained: 1945

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Kansas City bishop was Edwin Vincent O'Hara

1947 Ss. Peter and Paul Boonville MO


Parish had a school with 134-136 students.


Washington DC archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973)

1950 Catholic University Washington D.C.    
1950 1951 Ss. Peter and Paul Boonville MO


In residence.

Parish had a school wtih 150 students.
1951 1954 St. James'

Kansas City

• A woman reported to the police in 2007 (Feb. 9, 2007 Police Report) that Baskett sexually abused her when she was 15-17 years old, beginning in 1952, while he was a priest at St. James. (Kansas City Star
March 6, 2008).

MO 3/3 Parish had a school with 392-413 students.
1952 1955 Chancery Position: Censor Librorum Kansas City MO  


1954 1955 St. Andrew's Tipton MO 2/2 Parish had a school with 175 students.


Springfield -Cape Girardeau bishops were Charles Herman Helmsing (1956-1962), Ignatius Jerome Strecker (1962-1969), William Wakefield Baum (1970-1973), Bernard Francis Law (1973-1984).

1978 U.S. Airforce-Organized Reserve Corps     Chaplain The Official Catholic Directories index Baskett as a priest of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese beginning in 1957.
1978 1979 On duty outside the diocese Kitty Hawk NC  

Listed in the diocesan pages of the OCDs with a Kitty Hawk NC P.O. Box.

No longer appears in the OCDs after 1979.

Baskett died June 23, 1995 in Las Vegas NV. (Feb. 9, 2007 Police Report)

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1946-1979).

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy & Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.


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