Fr. James H. Cashman, osc, dies in Minnesota
The Crosier Community mourns the loss of our brother. James Homer Cashman, osc, was born in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, to Thomas and Mary Loretta (Keenan) May 11, 1921. He was the youngest of 12 children.
Fr. Jim died Jan. 28, 2015, at the Mille Lacs Health System long-term care facility, at the age of 93.
He attended the Crosier Seminary College in Onamia and joined the Crosier novitiate in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1942. He made First Profession of Vows Aug. 28, 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood May 27, 1948.
He earned an M.A. in secondary education and served for five years on the faculty of the Crosiers' Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Indiana. For 31 years, he served at the diocesan Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, where he was instrumental in helping nurture the talents of numerous future cinema stars in the school's notable theater department. He then served as pastor of St. Louis Bertrand Parish in Foreston, Minnesota, from 1987 until his retirement in 2006 when he returned to the Crosier Priory in Onamia.
Fr. Jim was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and the National Association for Amateur Radio. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families and by his beloved Crosier brothers.
Services will be held at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia, Minnesota, Monday, Feb. 2, with the Reception of the Body and the Office for the Dead at 8:30 a.m. A vigil will be kept until 11 a.m. when the Funeral Mass will begin. A luncheon will follow immediately with a later private burial in the Crosier cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the Fr. James H. Cashman, osc, Education Scholarship Fund, c/o the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359-0500.