Mark J. Makowski—Assignment Record

Summary of Case: Charged 1/95 with molesting a 16-year-old boy in the rectory after serving the boy alcohol. Abuse allegedly involved penetration. Initially pleaded not guilty but in a plea bargain pleaded guilty on 3/29/95 to fourth-degree misconduct. Sentenced to six months in jail and seven years' probation.

Ordained: 1987
Incardinated: Diocese of Duluth 1987-98


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes


Bishop was Robert H. Brom 1983-89.

1988 St. Anthony's Ely MN 2/2. Priests were Rev. Dennis H. Hoffman and Makowski. In Duluth diocese.
1988 1989 St. Francis Brainerd MN 2/2. Priests were Revs. Lloyd G. Mudrak and Makowski.

In Duluth diocese.

School had 175 students.

1988 1989 St. Thomas Pine Beach MN   Station of St. Francis in Brainerd.


Bishop was Roger L. Schwietz OMI (1989-2000).

1993 St. Benedict's Duluth MN 1/1. Deacon Dennis Anderson arrived in 1990. In Duluth diocese. CCD classes first listed in the 1991 Directory as having 440 students.
1989 1993 Chris Jensen Home Duluth MN   Station of St. Benedict's in Duluth.
1989 1993 Aftenro Home Duluth MN   Station of St. Benedict's in Duluth.
1993 1/95 St. John's Grand Marais MN 1/1.  
1993 1/95 Holy Rosary Portage MN   Indian mission of St. John's in Grand Marais. In the 1994 Directory, Rev. Thomas J. Bouchard is also listed at Holy Rosary, in a separate Indian Missions section.
3/29/95   Pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct. Sentenced to six months in jail and seven years' probation. See article.       Indexed and listed in the 1996 Directory as on sick leave. Not indexed in the 1997 Directory. Indexed and listed in the 1998 Directory as on leave without assignment and living at 389 Dayton Ave., St. Paul MN. Not indexed in Directory 1999-2002.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1988-2002).

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.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy and Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

This assignment record collates Makowski's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with his conviction on charges of molesting a male minor.

A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.

This assignment record was last updated on 2/12/07.