Rev. James W. Beck

Summary of Case: Beck's name was on a list released in 2004 by the Milwaukee archdiocese of 43 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors against them. He "left priestly ministry" sometime before 2004.

: 1969


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1977 Holy Name Sheboygan WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 305 students.


Cousins was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1978 St. Robert's Milwaukee WI 2/4 Parish had a school with 433 students.
1978 1984 St. James Mequon WI 3/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 228-178 students.
1984 1988 St. Catherine's Milwaukee WI 1/3 Parish had a school with 251-212 students.
1988 1989 Absent on Sick Leave        
1989 1990 St. Barbara's Milwaukee WI


In residence.

1989 1990 Metropolitan Tribunal Milwaukee WI Procurator Advocate  
1990 1991 Absent on Sick Leave        
1991 1993 Special Assignment: Metropolitan Tribunal Milwaukee WI Procurator Advocate  
1993 1995 On Leave      

Beck is not indexed beyond the 1995 Directory.

Per news reports Beck "left priestly ministry" sometime before 2004. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin]
July 10, 2004)


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1995)

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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 14, 2011