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Assignment Record– Rev. Louis J.Taelman, S.J.

Summary of Case: Ordained for the Society of Jesus in 1898, Louis Taelman spent most of his long career on the Crow and Flathead Indian reservations in Montana. Early on he spent four years as president of Gonzaga College in Spokane WA. Through the 1940s and into the early 1950s he was assigned to Mt. St. Michael's Scholasticate in Spokane, Washington in the role of "Indian missionary", as noted in the Official Catholic Directory. He died in 1961.

Taelman's name was included on the Diocese of Helena's list of known alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse. The diocese posted the list to its website in April 2015 as one of the non-monetary terms of its March 2015 bankruptcy settlement.


Ordained
: 1898
Died: December 24, 1961


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1898

Diocese of Nesqually

Bishop was Edward John O'Dea (1896-1932).

1900   North Yakima WA  

The Jesuits were affiliated with Rocky Mountain Mission.

1900

Archdiocese of St. Louis

Archbishop was John Joseph Kain (1895-1903).

1901 St. Stanislaus Seminary and Novitiate of the Society of Jesus Florissant MO tertian father  

1901

Diocese of Helena

Bishop was Jean-Baptiste Brondel (1883-1903), followed by John Patrick Carroll (1904-1925).

1905 St. Francis Xavier Mission St. Xavier/Crow Indian Reservation MT 1/2  
1901 1905 St. Charles' Mission, Crow Indians, St. Simon's, Crow Agency   MT   These were missions of St. Xavier Mission.
1901 1905   Big Horn Valley MT   This was a station of St. Xavier Mission.
1905 1909 St. Ignatius Mission Flathead Reservation MT 1/3, 1/4 Superior St. Ignatius Mission had 80 students.
1905 1909 St. John Berchman's Jocko MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1905 1909 Kootenal Indians   MT   This was a of St. Ignatius Mission.
1907 1909   Dayton Creek, Ronan MT   These were stations of St. Ignatius Mission.

1909

Diocese of Seattle

Bishop was Edward John O'Dea (1896-1932).

1913 Gonzaga College Spokane WA President, Prefect of Studies College for boys and house of studies for scholastics, with 207-200 boarders and 233-300 day scholars.

1913

Diocese of Great Falls

Bishop was Mathias Clement Lenihan (1904-1930).

1921 St. Francis Xavier Mission Crow Indian Reservation MT 1/2 Superior St. Francis Xavier Mission had a school with 60-117 students.
1913 1921 St. Simons Crow Agency MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1913 1921 St. Ann Lodgegrass MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1913 1915   Big Horn Valley, Hardin MT   These were stations of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1915 1921 St. Joseph Hardin MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1915 1921 Immaculate Conception Crow Agency MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1915 1921 St. Charles Borromeo Pryor MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1919 1921 St. Theresa Broadview MT   This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier Mission.
1921 1924 St. Joseph Hardin MT

1/1, 1/2

Rector

 
1921 1924 St. Theresa Broadview MT   This was a mission of St. Joseph in Hardin.
1921 1924 Immaculate Conception Crow Agency MT   This was a mission of St. Joseph in Hardin.
1921 1924 St. Anthony Wyola MT   This was a mission of St. Joseph in Hardin.
1921 1924 Wyola Day School Wyola MT   Wyola Day School had 46 students. This was a mission of St. Joseph in Hardin.

1924

Diocese of Helena

Bishop Carroll was succeeded by George Joseph Finnigan, C.S.C. (1927-1932). Finnigan was replaced by Ralph Leo Hayes (1933-1935), then Joseph Michael Gilmore (1935-1962).

1940 St. Ignatius Mission St. Ignatius MT 1/3, 2/2, 2/3, 1/3 Superior 1935-1939 St. Ignatius Mission had a boarding and day school with 70-120 girls. The Directories from 1934 on the describe the boarding and day school as "for girls and little boys." There were 16-68 boys. The Mission also had a high school with 170-112 students.
1924 1927 St. John Berchman Jocko, Arlee MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1924 1927   Ravalli MT   This was a station of St. Ignatius Mission.
1936 1939 St. Leonard Dixon MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1938 1940 Sacred Heart Arlee MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.

1940

Diocese of Spokane

Bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955).

1952 Mt. St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA Indian missionary  

1952

Diocese of Helena

Bishop was Joseph Michael Gilmore (1935-1962).

1958 St. Ignatius Mission St. Ignatius MT 4/5, 44, 3/4  
1952 1958 Sacred Heart Arlee MT    
1952 1958 St. John Berchman Jocko MT    
1952 1958 St. Leonard Dixon MT    
1958 1961 Holy Family Hospital St. Ignatius Mission MT chaplain Taelman died December 24, 1961.

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, 1900-1962).

Diocese of Helena Bankruptcy Settlement, March 4, 2015
Diocese of Helena List, April 29, 2015

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This assignment record was last updated on September 29, 2016.


 
 

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