Assignment Record– Rev. Clarence R. Boucher

Summary of Case: A woman gave public testimony in February 2007 that Boucher touched her inappropriately when she was 13 years-old in the 1950s. The incident is said to have occurred during a movie in the parish hall of St. John the Baptiste in Lynn MA, when Boucher slid into a seat next to the girl. Boucher's inappropriate touching of girls was said to have been well-known at the parish. He died in 2001.

Ordained: 1940
Retired: 1982
Died: October 18, 2001

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), replaced by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1946 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Bellingham MA


1946 1948 St. Alphonse (French) Beverly MA 2/2


1948 1958 St. John the Baptiste (French)


A woman spoke publicly in 2007 of having been touched inappropriately by Boucher in the 1950s at this parish when she was 13 years-old. She said the incident occurred when Boucher slid into a seat next to her during a movie in the parish hall. She said a friend later told her, "It happened to all of us." The woman's sister said Boucher wore a large winter cape and "always had girls under [it]." She said her mother warned her not to "be one of those girls under that cape."

MA 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 2/4 Parish had an elementary school with 183-254 boys and 164-215 girls, and a high school with 102-54 boys and 118-57 girls.
1958 1967 St. Mary's (French) Marlboro MA 4/4, 2/4

Parish had a school with 171-181 boys and 170-184 girls.

1967 1969 St. Mary's Ayer MA 1/2 Parish had a school with 106-109 boys and 112=98 girls.


Cushing was replaced as archbishop by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1974 Presentation of Mary Academy Methuen MA Chaplain

School had 198-183 students, all girls.

In the 1970 Directory Boucher is indexed as at this assigment, but is not listed there in the Boston diocesan pages.

1974 1982 St. Jean Baptiste (French)



MA 3/3 Parish had a school with 267-124 students.


Medeiros was replaced by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

2001 Retired Salem MA  

Boucher died October 18, 2001.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1941-2002).

Victim Speaks about Healing, By Jessica M. Smith, Roslindale - West Roxbury Transcript, February 28, 2007
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
North Shore Priests on List, Salem News, August 26, 2011


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