Assignment Record – Rev. Francis J. Zilkoski

Summary of Case: Francis J. Zilkoski was a priest of the St. Cloud MN diocese, ordained in 1924. He pastored parishes in Foreston, Flensburg, Little Falls and Opole. He was also Chancellor and a member of the Diocesan Board of Directors. He died in 1978. Zilkoski's name was included on the diocese's list released in January 2014 of clergy with likely claims against them of sexual abuse of minors.

Born: August 5, 1897
Ordained: May 18, 1924
Died: May 19, 1978


Start Stop Assignment Town State Position Notes


St. Cloud bishop was Joseph Francis Busch (1915-1953).
1927         Zilkoski is not indexed in the 1925-1927 Directories.
1927 1933 St. Louis Bertrand Foreston MN 1/1  
1927 1928 Chancellor and Official St. Cloud MN    
1927 1930 Diocesan Board of Directors St. Cloud MN    
1933 1941 Sacred Heart Flensburg MN 1/1  


Busch was succeeded by Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).

1968 Our Lady of Lourdes Little Falls MN 1/1, 1/2 Our Lady of Lourdes had a school with 124-282 students.


George Henry Speltz replaced Bartholome (1968-1987).

1978 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Opole MN 1/1

Zilkoski died May 19, 1978.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1928-1979)

Press Release from +donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON,
January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
The Diocese of St Cloud Release Their List of 33 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors, By Mike Bryant, Legal Examiner, January 3, 2014
St. Cloud Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times, January 4, 2014
Priests Accused of Abuse Had Ties with Foreston, By Jeff Hage, The Mille Lacs County Times, January 9, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on December 21, 2015.