Assignment Record – Bishop William Stephen Skylstad
Spokane bishop wa Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978)
|1960||1961||Washington State University||WA||student||Skylstad studied education and mathematics.|
|1960||1961||St. Anthony's||Palouse||WA||This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Pulman.|
|1961||1963||Bishop White Preparatory Seminary||Spokane||WA||Bishop White Seminary had 67-86 students.|
|1962||1966||Gonzaga University||Spokane||WA||graduate student||Skylstad earned a masters degree in Education.|
|1960||1974||Mater Cleri Seminary||
• A woman accused Skylstad in Dec. 2005 of having sexually abused her when she was a minor from Dec. 1961 to Dec.1964. She said the abuse took place at Gonzaga, and at St. Patrick's parish in Hillyard. Skylstad denied the accusation.
|WA||math teacher 1960-1968; rector 1968-1974||Mater Cleri had 68-46 students.|
|1971||1976||Dean of Northeast Deanery||Spokane||WA|
|1974||1977||Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||Spokane||WA||
Assistant priest was Rev. Patrick G. O'Donnell.
Assumption of the BVM had a school with 220-230 students.
O'Donnell sexually abused at least 65 boys in the mid 1970s and early 1980s, two of whom are known to have taken their own lives. Skylstad later insisted he did not know what was going on with O'Donnell and his victims in the rectory the two men shared. O'Donnell lived in the basement, and a number of his victims have stated they would hear Skylstad announce his presence when entering the residence upstairs by saying, "It's just little old me."
Skylstad was appointed Bishop of Yakima on Feb. 22, 1977, and installed May 12, 1977.
Skylstad replaced Nicolas Eugene Walsh as Yakima bishop (1977-1990)
|1990||Bishop||Yakima||WA||Skylstad was appointed Bishop of Spokane April 17, 1990, and installed on April 27, 1990.|
|2001||2007||U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops||Washington||DC||
Vice-President 2001-2004; President 2004-2007.
Other U.S.C.C.B. roles: chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Social Development and the Ad Hoc Committee on Bishops’ Life and Ministry; member of the bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, the Committee on Science and Human Values and the Task Force on Faith Formation and Sacramental Practice.
|An investigator hired by Skylstad's lawyer determined that there was no evidence to support the 2005 accusation that Skystad had sexually abused a girl in the early 1960s.|
Skylstad succeeded Lawrence Harold Welsh as Spokane bishop (1990-2010)
|2010||Bishop||Spokane||WA||Skystad retired June 30, 2010|
|June 30, 2010||Jan. 24, 2011||Retired|
|Jan. 24, 2011||March 8, 2012||Apostolic Administrator||Baker||OR|
|March 8, 2012||Retired|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-1978)
• Woman Accuses Top U.S. Bishop of Sexual Abuse, USA Today , March 8, 2006