Assignment Record – Rev. Leonard A. Kohlman, s.j.

Summary of Case: Leonard A. Kohlman was a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province, ordained in 1953. Kohlman spent his entire career on Indian reservations in MT, WA and ID. He died in 1972. Kohlman's name was included in 2011 on the Oregon Province's list of its members who have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1953
Died: Sept. 24, 1972



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1954 Alma College Los Gatos CA 4th year theologian  


Portland archbishop was Edward Daniel Howard (1926-1966).

1955 Jesuit Provincial Residence Portland OR    


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1956 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1962 St. Paul's Indian Mission Hays MT 1/2, 2/2 St. Paul's had a day school with 48-59 boys and 43-62 girls.
1956 1962 St. Thomas Lodge Pole MT  

This was a mission of St. Paul's Indian Mission.

St. Thomas' had a religious vacation school with 20-60 students.

1956 1962 St. Joseph's Zortman MT  

This was a mission of St. Paul's Indian Mission.

St. Joseph's had a religious vacation school with 28-11 students.

1957 1960   Beaver Creek, Landusky, Cow Creek MT   These were stations of St. Paul's Indian Mission (Beaver Creek 1957-1960, the others 1958-1960).


Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1966 St. Mary's Indian Mission Omak WA 3/3  
1962 1966 St. Joseph's

East Omak WA   This was a mission of St. Mary's Indian Mission in Omak.


Boise City bishop was Sylvester William Treinen (1962-1988).

1967 Sacred Heart DeSmet ID 3/3 Sacred Heart had a school with 41 boys and 43 girls.
1966 1967 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in DeSmet.
1966 1967 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in DeSmet.


Spokane diocese

1972 St. Michael Mission Inchelium WA 1/1  
1967 1972 St. Ann Boyds WA   This was a station of St. Michael's Mission in Inchelium.
1967 1972 Sacred Heart Kewa WA  

This was a station of St. Michael's Mission in Inchelium.

Kohlman died Sept. 24, 1972.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1954-1973)

Non-Monetary Commitments, The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus website, accessed Dec. 7, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on November 16, 2014.