Assignment Record – Rev. James P. Stark

Summary of Case: Rev. James P. Stark was ordained for the St. Paul archdiocese February 22, 1964. For thirteen years he moved through a number of parishes in the archdiocese as an assistant priest. In 1977 Stark was named pastor of St. Michael's in Farmington, where he remained until his removal in 1986. He died March 29, 1999. Stark's name was included on a February 2014 list released by the archdiocese of priests with "substantiated" claims of sexual abuse of minors against them. The archdiocese did not reveal details of claims against Stark.

: Feb. 22, 1964
Died: March 29, 1999


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


St. Paul archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975).

1967 St. Stephen's Anoka MN 3/3 St. Stephen's had a school with 800-650 students.
1967 1969 St. Andrew's St. Paul MN 3/3 St. Andrew's had a school with 503-477 students.
1969 1973 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Bloomington MN 2/3 Nativity of the B.V.M. had a school with 519-456 students.
1973 1974 Holy Spirit St. Paul MN 2/2 Holy Spirit had a school with 485 students.


Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995).

1977 St. Peter's Richfield MN 2/3 St. Peter's had a school with 420-338 students.
1977 1986 St. Michael's Farmington MN 1/1 Stark was removed from ministry in 1986.
1986 1989 Absent on Leave       Stark is not indexed beyond the 1989 Directory. He died March 29, 1999.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-1989)

James Stark Assignments, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Feb. 16, 2014
Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis List of Priests Accused of Abuse, Feb. 17, 2014
Archdiocese Names More Priests Credibly Accused of Abuse, By Euan Kerr St. Paul, Minnesota Public Radio, February 17, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on March 3, 2014