Assignment Record – Rev. James Frederick Stauber

Summary of Case: Ordained a priest of the La Crosse diocese in 1959, Stauber's career was marked by multiple transfers within and among dioceses. In La Crosse he was a parish priest, as well as a high school teacher and junior high school teacher and principal. He was transferred to the St. Louis archdiocese in the late 1960s, where he also taught and served in parishes. After a four-year sick leave in the late 1970s-early 1980s, Stauber relocated to the San Bernardino diocese. He again moved from parish to parish. During a stint as pastor in 1993, an allegation surfaced that he had sexually abused a minor in another state 22 years previously. The Official Catholic Directory shows him to have been assigned to a Florissant, MO parish at the time of the alleged abuse. He was removed from active ministry. Stauber died as a retired priest of the San Bernardino diocese in 2010.

Ordained: 1959
Died: Aug. 14, 2010


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


La Crosse bishop was John Patrick Treacy (1948-1964).

1961 St. Mary's Colby WI 2/2 St. Mary's had a school with 282-299 students.
1961 1964 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Marathon WI 2/2 Nativity had a school with 389-425 students.


Treacy was succeeded by Frederick William Freking (1964-1983).

1965 St. Joseph's Cathedral La Crosse WI 2/6 The Cathedral had a school with 330 students.
1965 1966 St. John Nepomucene's Prairie du Chien WI 2/2 St. John's had a school with 262 students.
    St. Mary's Academy   WI part-time instructor Per St. John's parish history.
1966 1967 Holy Rosary Lima WI 2/2 Holy Rosary had a school with 307 students.
1967 1968 Sacred Heart of Jesus Nekoosa WI 2/2 Sacred Heart had a school with 195 students.
    St. Patrick's Junior High School Eau Claire WI Principal Per St. John's parish history.
    Regis High School   WI instructor Per St. John's parish history.
1968 1969         Stauber is indexed as "on duty outside the diocese" in the 1969 Directory, but he is not listed as such in the La Crosse diocesan pages.


St. Louis archbishop was John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979).

1976 St. Ferdinand's


• Stauber was accused in 1993 of having sexually abused a minor 22 years previously, when he was assigned to St. Ferdinand's.

MO 5/5 (1975-1976 )

St. Ferdinand's had a school with 650-542 students.

Stauber is indexed under "on duty outside the diocese" in the La Crosse diocesan pages as at St. Ferdinand's, but he is not listed as there in the St. Louis archdiocesan pages, with the exception of the 1976 Directory.

    St. Thomas Aquinas High School Florissant MO instructor  


La Crosse diocese.

1977 St. James' Eau Claire WI 3/3 St. James' had a school with 157 students.
1977 1978 Guardian Angels Brackett WI 1/1  
1978 1982 sick leave        


San Bernardino bishop was Phillip Francis Straling (1978-1995).

1983 Our Lady of the Assumption San Bernardino CA 2/2 Our Lady of the Assumption had a school.
1983 1984 Immaculate Conception Colton CA 2/3  
1984 1988 St. Catherine of Alexandria Riverside CA 2/3 St. Catherine's had a school with 361-363 students.
1988 1990 St. Edward's Corona CA 2/3 St. Edward's had a school with 320 students.
1990 1991 St. Catherine of Alexandria Riverside CA 2/3 St. Catherine's had a school with 365 students, and a CCD program with 600 students.
1991 1993 St. John the Evangelist Riverside CA 1/2  
1991 1993 Our Lady of Guadalupe Belltown CA   This was a mission of St. John the Evangelist in Riverside.


Straling was succeeded by Gerald Richard Barnes (1995-).

2000 absent on leave       Stauber was removed from active ministry in April 1993, after an accusation surfaced that he had sexually abused a minor 22 years previously, in another state. He was assigned to a parish in Florissant, MO at the time the abuse was said to have occurred.
2000 2009 Retired Riverside CA   Stauber died Aug. 14, 2010.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2009)

100th Anniversary of St. John Nepomuc Parish, Prairie de Chien, WI, 1891-1991
3rd Priest Quits Diocese Post after Sex Allegation, By Jenny Cardenas, Press Enterprise [Riverside, CA], April 22, 1993
Corona Cleric on Leave after Sexual Incident, By Jenny Cardenas, Press Enterprise, January 6, 1994
James Frederick Stauber,, September 30, 2010

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This assignment record was last updated on July 25, 2014.