Assignment Record– Rev. John Lloyd Caskey
Summary of Case: John Lloyd Caskey was ordained for the St. Cloud diocese in 1982. He worked in numerous St. Cloud parishes, mostly as pastor, and held a variety of leadership positions in the diocese. Notably, Caskey is not indexed in the 1986-1988 Directories, and in 1991-1992 he served as Sacramental Minister at a parish in the New Ulm diocese before returning to St. Cloud. In December 2007, Caskey was investigated by police under suspicion that he sent anonymous "obscene and suggestive" letters to an 18-year-old male. Caskey admitted to sending the letters. During the course of the investigation, police discovered child pornography on Caskey's computer. He pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography in August 2008 and was sentenced in May 2009 to one month in prison and five years' probation. Bishop Kinney removed Caskey from his three parishes in January 2008. The Directories show him to be on "Special Assignment" through 2011.
St. Cloud bishop was George Henry Speltz (1968-1987).
|1985||Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||Morris||MN||2/2||Assumption had a school with 110 students.|
Spelz was succeeded by Jerome George Hanus, O.S.B. (1987-1994).
|1988||Caskey is not indexed in the 1986-1988 Directories; nor is he listed at his previous or subsequent assignments.|
|1988||1992||St. Anthony's||Brown's Valley||MN||1/1|
New Ulm bishop was Raymond Alphonse Lucker (1975-2000).
|1992||St. Mary's||Beardsly||MN||1/1 Sacramental Minister||Pastoral Administrator was Sr. Catherine Hare, C.S.J.|
John Francis Kinney followed Hanus as St. Cloud bishop (1995-2013).
|2000||Holy Cross||Pearl Lake||MN||1/1|
|1992||2000||St. Nicholas||St. Nicholas||MN||1/1, 1/2||Caskey lived in Watkins MN 1996-2000.|
|1994||2002||Presbyteral Council||St. Cloud||MN||Secretary 1996-1997; Vice Chair 1997-1998; Chair 2000-2002|
|2002||2006||Diocesan Consultor||St. Cloud||MN|
|2000||2007||Christ the King||Browerville||MN||1/1||Christ the King had a school with 48-69 students.|
|2003||2004||St. Isodore's||Moran||MN||1/1||St. Isodore's had a religious education program with 45 students.|
|2003||2004||St. Joseph's||Clarissa||MN||1/1||St. Joseph's had a religious education program with 87 students.|
|9/16/07||12/07||Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||
• Caskey was charged in January 2008 with possession of child pornography. Bishop Kinney said he learned of the charges after reading about them in the paper. He also said he knew in December that Caskey was being investigated by police for sending someone an "inappropriate letter." Court documents showed there were multiple "obscene and suggestive letters" sent anonymously to an 18-year-old male. Caskey admitted to writing the letters. Police discovered the child porn during their investigation related to the letters.
Assumption had a school wtih 125 students.
Caskey was removed from his three parishes January 29, 2008. He had not been active in ministry since December 2007.
|9/16/07||12/07||St. Mary's||Chokio||MN||1/2, Parochial Administrator||St. Mary's had a school with 44 students.|
|9/16/07||12/07||St. Joseph's||Herman||MN||1/2, Parochial Administrator||Caskey lived at St. Mary's in Chokio.|
Caskey pled guilty in August 2008, in a plea agreement, to child porn possession.
Caskey was sent to St. Luke's Institute in Silver Springs, MD for a four-day evaluation.
Caskey was sentenced in May 2009 to one month in prison and five years' probation.
Caskey is not indexed beyond the 2011 Directory.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons
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.