Rev. James Urbanic, C.PP.S.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Missionaries of the Most Precious Blood, Urbanic spent most of his career in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese. Urbanic was removed from public ministry July 1, 2011 after the diocese and religious order received complaints that he had sexually abused two minors in the mid-1970s. Urbanic acknowledged that early in his career he "acted inappropriately".

: 1971


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was Charles Herman Helmsing (1962-1977), followed by John Joseph Sullivan (1977-1993)

1978 St. Francis Xavier's

St. Joseph

Urbanic was accused in June 1011 of having sexually abused two minors in the mid-1970s, while at St. Francis Xavier's. Urbanic acknowledged that "early in my priesthood I acted inappropriately."

MO 2/2, 2/3 St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 343- 274 students.
1971 1978 Bishop LeBlond High School

St. Joseph

One of the two who reported Urbanic to the diocese and Urbanic's religious order in June 2011 filed a lawsuit in February 2012. This accuser said Urbanic sexually abused him in the mid-1970s when he was a 15 year-old LeBlond student. Urbanic's accuser said Urbanic had invited him and others to play pickup basketball. He said that when he showed up, he found that he was the only boy there. He claims that he and Urbanic played some basketball, and that Urbanic inappropriately touched him during and after the game. He said that Urbanic would then regularly invite him to the rectory for lemonade, where Urbanic would make suggestive comments and invite the boy to his bedroom. The accuser said Urbanic sexually assaulted him one of those times.

MO religion teacher

Bishop LeBlond High had 452-502 students.

The February 2012 lawsuit claimed the diocese and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood received reports in the mid-1970s that Urbanic had sexually abused a student, but did nothing. The man said he decided to sue "to protect other potential past or future victims."

1978 1979         Urbanic is not indexed in the 1979 Directory, and he is not listed at his previous or next assignments in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocesan pages.
1979 1980 Most Precious Blood House of Studies Kansas City MO    


St. Cloud bishop was George Henry Speltz (1968-1987)

1987 School of Theology (St. John's Seminary of the Diocese of St. Cloud) Collegeville MN Director of Spiritual Formation 1982-1985  


Sullivan was succeeded as Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop by Raymond James Boland (1993-2005)

1997 St. Francis Xavier's St. Joseph MO 1/3, 1/4 St. Francis Xavier's had a school with 441-383 students, and a religious education program (first noted in the 1995 Directory) with 75-115 students.
1997 2002         Urbanic is not indexed in the 1998-2002 Directories, and he is not listed at his previous or next assignments in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocesan pages.
2002 2003 St. James' Liberty MO 2/2

St. James' had a school with 322 students, and a religious education program with 514 students.

Urbanic is referred to as "Jim" in the 2003 Directory.


Robert William Finn replaced Boland as bishop (2005-)

2011 Society of the Most Precious Blood Provincial Offices Liberty MO Provincial Director The 2005 Directory refers to Urbanic as "Very Rev.".
2006 2011 Most Precious Blood Center Liberty MO    
2008 2011 St. Gaspar Society Liberty MO    
July 2008 July 1, 2011 Sacred Heart Warrensburg MO  

This assignment is per news reports.

Urbanic was removed from public ministry in July 2011 after accusations surfaced that he had sexually abused two minors in the mid-1970s.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1972-2011)

Catholic Priest Removed from Duties over Allegations Dating to 1970s, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, July 5, 2011
Liberty Priest Removed Because of Sex Allegations, By Jessica Machetta, The Missourinet, July 6, 2011
Recent Sacred Heart Pastor Leaves Priesthood over Reports of Sexual Misconduct, By Lisa Handke, The Digitalburg, July 13, 2011
Lawsuit Accuses Priest of Abuse in 1970s, By Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, February 8, 2012
Suit Filed against Former St. Joseph Priest, By Kim Norvell, News-Press, February 9, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on March 26, 2012