Assignment Record– Rev. Christopher "Chris" Rossman

Summary of Case: Christopher Rossman was ordained for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS in 2007. He assisted in parishes in Olathe and Topeka before being named pastor of two Holton parishes in 2011. He was also chaplain on the Potawatomie Reservation, Mayetta. In 2015 he became pastor of parishes in Baldwin City and Lapeer. Rossman was suspended from ministry in September 2016 after reports to church officials that he had visited inappropriate websites depicting minors. The archdiocese said it notified the FBI, and law enforcement launched an investigation.

: 2007


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS

Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann (2005-).

2009 Prince of Peace Olathe KS 2/3, 2/2

Prince of Peace had a grade school with 609-615 students, and a CCD program with 1,454-1,219 students.


2009 2010 Mother Teresa of Calcutta Topeka KS 2/2 Mother Teresa parish had a CCD program with 400 students.
2011 2015 St. Francis Xavier Holton KS 1/1  
2011 2015 Our Lady of the Snows Oratory Potawatomie Reservation, Mayetta KS chaplain This was a mission of St. Francis Xavier in Holton.
2011 2015 St. Dominic Holton KS 1/1 St. Dominic had a CCD program with 159-121 students.
2015 2016 Annunciation Baldwin City KS pastor  
2015 2016 St. Francis of Assisi


Rossman was suspended in September 2016 after a report that he had visited "inappropriate websites, including those depicting minors." The archdiocese said it notified the FBI.

KS pastor  

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 2007-2015).

Kansas priest suspended after reports of inappropriate online activity, KMBC, September 11, 2016
FBI investigates Kansas priest for inappropriate conduct, KSHB, September 11, 2016
Catholic priest suspended after reports he visited inappropriate websites, Fox 4, September 12, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on September 17, 2016.


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