Assignment Record Rev. James Augustine Mohm

Summary of Case: Born in Germany, James A. Mohm fought in WWI before emigrating to the United States. He was ordained a priest of the St. Cloud diocese in 1927. Mohm was assigned to parishes in Pierz, Hillman, Brushvale, Maine, Foxhome and Osakis. He was a hospital chaplain for a time in Breckenridge and was longtime pastor of St. James in the town of Maine and later of Immaculate Conception in Osakis. He died in 1982. Mohm's name was on the diocese's list released January 3, 2014 of 33 clergy involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors.

Born: December 2, 1897
Ordained: 1927
Died: September 10, 1982



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Cloud bishop was Joseph Francis Busch (1915-1953).

1929 St. Joseph's


MN 2/2

St. Joseph's had a school with 165-194 students.


1929   Hillman MN   This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Pierz.


1930 St. Francis Hospital Breckenridge MN chaplain  
      Brushvale MN   This assignment is per the St. Cloud diocese. The time period is unclear.
1930 1945 St. James' Maine MN 1/1  
1930 1945   Foxhome MN   This was a mission of St. James' in Maine.


Busch was succeeded by Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968), followed by George Henry Speltz (1968-1987).

1974 Immaculate Conception Osakis MN 1/1 Immaculate Conception had a "school of religion" with 248-138 students.
1974 1980 Retired Osakis MN    
1980 1982 Retired Parkers Prairie MN   Mohm resided at William's Nursing Home. He died September 10, 1982.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1928-1983)

Fergus Falls Daily Journal, June 4, 1962, p. 4, via
History of St. James at Maine, Minnesota,
Fr. James A. Mohm,
Press Release from +Donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON
January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Reveals Names of Priests Accused of Abusing Children, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Bishop Releases Names of 33 Accused Priests, By Alex Svejkovsky, WJON, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times, January 4, 2014


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This assignment record was last updated on August 4, 2015.