Rev. Leon C. Spalding
Summary of Case: Spalding was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a girl in the early 1970s. He retired in March 2003 after an accusation involving a woman.
Louisville archbishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)
|1961||St. Gabriel the Archangel||Fern Creek||KY||
|Parish had a school with 566-631 students.|
|1961||1965||St. Mildred's||Somerset||KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 85-70 students.|
|1961||1965||Jamestown||KY||This was a mission of St. Mildred's in Somerset.|
|1961||1965||Albany||KY||This was a mission of St. Mildred's in Somerset.|
|This was a station of St. Mildred's in Somerset.|
|1965||1967||St. Leo the Great||Louisville||KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 169-160 students.|
|1967||1970||St. Aloysius||Peewee Valley||KY||3/3, 2/3||Parish had a school with 205-176 students.|
|1967||1970||Central Hospital||Anchorage||KY||This was a station of St. Aloysius in Peewee Valley.|
|1970||1971||St. Joseph Infirmary||Louisville||KY||Chaplain|
• Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having molested a girl after confession in the entryway of Holy Name in the early 1970s. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
|KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 208 students.|
|1972||1976||Guardian Angels||Louisville||KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 202-247 students.|
Floersh was succeeded by Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)
|1982||Immaculate Conception||LaGrange||KY||1/1||Parish had a school with 93-120 students.|
|1976||1982||St. Matthew's||Bedford||KY||This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in LaGrange.|
Replacing McDonough as archbishop was Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. (1981-2007)
|1982||Kentucky State Reformatory
||LaGrange||KY||This was a station of Immaculate Conception in LaGrange.|
|1976||1978||Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women||Peewee Valley||KY||This was a station of Immaculate Conception in LaGrange.|
|1982||1992||U.S. Army||Chaplain||The 1990 Directory indexes Spalding as at Ft. Benjamin Harrison Army Base, and indicates that it is in the Indianapolis archdiocese.|
|1992||1993||On Special Assignment||No indication found in the Directories as to where Spalding was in 1992-1993.|
|1993||2003||St. Dominic||Springfield||KY||1/1||Parish had a school with 253-212 students.|
• Retired in March 2003 after an accusation involving a woman. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Joseph Edward Kurtz succeeded Kelly
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2009)
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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 21, 2010