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Assignment Record– Rev. L. Joseph Obersinner, S.J.

Summary of Case: L. Joseph Obersinner was ordained for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in 1957. He spent many years as an Indian missionary in Omak WA in the Diocese of Spokane and at St. Ignatius Mission in the Diocese of Helena MT. He was also assigned to parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland OR, and the Diocese of Boise ID. In the late 1990s or early 2000s he retired to the Regis Jesuit Community in Spokane.

Obersinner's name was included on the Helena diocese's list posted to its website in April 2015 of clerics with allegations against them of sexual abuse of at least one minor.

Ordained: 1957


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1957

San Francisco archdiocese

Archbishop John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1958 Alma College Los Gatos CA 4th year theologian

 

1958

Seattle archdiocese

Archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1959 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  

1959

Spokane diocese

Bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1971 St. Mary Indian Mission Omak WA

2/3, 2/2

Assistant Pastor, Prefect of Discipline, Minister, Principal

 
1959 1971 St. Joseph East Omak WA   This was a mission of St. Mary Indian Mission in Omak.

1971

Helena diocese

Bishop was Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1962-1975), followed by Elden Francis Curtiss (1976-1993).

1981 St. Ignatius Mission St. Ignatius MT 3/3, 2/4, 3/4  
1971 1981 Sacred Heart Arlee MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1971 1980 St. John Berchman Jocko MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1971 1979 St. Leonard Dixon MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1971 1979 Sacred Heart Dixon MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1981 1982        

Obersinner is not indexed in the 1982 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.

Per the Oregon Province Jesuits, Obersinner spent this year on sabbatical at the Loyola Renewal Center in Portland.

1982

Helena diocese

Bishop was lden Francis Curtiss (1976-1993)

1984 St. Joseph Omak WA 1/1

This was a mission of St. Mary Indian Mission in Omak.

The 1984 Directory indexes Obersinner also as at The Jesuit Provincial Residence in Portland, OR.

1984

Portland archdiocese

Archbishop was Cornelius Michael Power (1974-1986), followed by William Joseph Levada (1986-1995).

1989 St. Luke Woodburn OR 3/3, 3/4, 2/3 St. Luke's had a school with 265-239 students.
1984 1989 St. Agnes/Mision San Lucas Hubbard OR   This was a mission of St. Luke in Woodburn.

1989

Helena diocese

Bishop was lden Francis Curtiss (1976-1993)

1991 St. Francis Xavier Missoula MT 3/3  
1991 1992         Obersinner is not indexed in the 1992 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1992

Portland archdiocese

Levada was succeeded as archbishop by Francis Eugene George, O.M.I. (1996-1997).

1997 Sacred Heart Tillamook OR    
1992 1997 St. Joseph Cloverdale OR 1/1 Administrator This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Tillamook.

1997

Boise City diocese

Bishop was Tod David Brown (1988-1998).

1998 Sacred Heart De Smet ID 2/2  
1997 1998 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in De Smet.
1997 1998 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in De Smet.
1998 2001       Per the Jesuits, Obersinner was assistant to the director of the Rocky Mountain Missions. Obersinner is not indexed in the 1999-2001 Directories, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments. Per the Oregon Province Jesuits, he moved in 1998 to the Spokane Regis Community.

2001

Spokane diocese

Bishop was William Joseph Skylstad (1990-2010), followed by Blase Joseph Cupich (2010-2014), and Thomas Anthony Daly (2015-).

2015 Spokane Regis Community Spokane WA    

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.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1958-2015).

Obersinner Bio, Oregon Province Society of Jesus, 2005
Helena Diocese Bankruptcy Settlement, March 4, 2015
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Diocese of Helena, April 29, 2015
Helena Diocese names perpetrators of sexual abuse; many at western Montana parishes, by David Erickson, Missoulian.com, April 30, 2015

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This assignment record was last updated on October 4, 2016.


 
 

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