Assignment Record– Rev. Jesse S. Linam

Summary of Case: Jesse S. Linam was ordained for the Galveston-Houston diocese in 1961. He assisted in parishes in Rosenberg, Houston and Galveston before pastoring in Channelview, Freeport and Bellview. In 1993 he was permanently removed from ministry due to unspecified allegations of child sexual abuse from years before. In 2002 he was the subject of a lawsuit, accused of having sexually abused a boy at St. Andrew's in Channelview during 1973-1974. The suit alleged that Linam had sexually abused "numerous minor boys" between 1961 and 1993. It was dismissed due to the Texas statute of limitations, which required those alleging abuse as minors to come forward by age 20.

Linam is shown in the Official Catholic Directory to have been retired 1998-2010, after which he is no longer indexed. He is last known to have been living in Anderson TX.

: 1961
Retired: 1998


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Diocese of Galveston-Houston

Bishop was Wendelin Joseph Nold (1950-1975).

1966 Holy Rosary Rosenberg TX 2/2

Holy Rosary had a school with 288-324 students.

1966 1968 Queen of Peace Houston TX 2/3 Queen of Peace had a school with 289-261 students.
1968 1969 St. Ambrose's Houston TX 2/3 St. Ambrose had a school with 404 students.
1969 1972 Sacred Heart Galveston TX 2/3, 2/2 Sacred Heart had a school with 265-236 students.


Nold was succeeded as Galveston-Houston bishop by John Louis Morkovsky (1975-1984), followed by Joseph Anthony Fiorenza (1984-2006).

1985 St. Andrew's


Linam was accused in a lawsuit filed in July 2002 of sexually abusing a boy at St. Andrew's 1973-1974. The suit alleged that there were " numerous minor boys abused by Linam between 1961 and 1993."

TX 1/1 The suit was dismissed in August 2002 due to the Texas statute of limitations, which required those alleging abuse as minors to file claims within two years after age 18.
1985 1991 St. Mary: Star of the Sea Freeport TX 1/1  
1991 1993 SS. Peter & Paul Bellville TX 1/1  
1991 1993 Immaculate Conception Industry TX  

This was a mission of SS. Peter & Paul in Bellview.

Linam was permanently removed from ministry in August 1993 due to an accusation that he had sexually abused a minor years before.

1993 1998         Linam is not indexed in the 1994-1998 Directories.


Fiorenza was replaced as Galveston-Houston bishop by Daniel Nicholas DiNardo (2006-).

2010 Retired Anderson TX   Linam's last name is spelled Linan in the 1999-2010 Directories. He is not indexed beyond 2010.

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, 1962-2010).

Abuse Suit Filed Against Retired Priest, By Tara Dooley, Houston Chronicle July 12, 2002
John Doe, Plaintiff, v. Reverend Jesse S. Linam et al, ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS' MOTIONS TO DISMISS, August 21, 2002
Judge Throws out Suit Against Accused Priest, By Tara Dooley, Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2002
Scandal LIngers as Bishops Meet, Houston Chronicle, June 19, 2003

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This assignment record was last updated on December 22, 2016.


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