Rev. Edmond G. Cloutier

Summary of Case: Cloutier was accused in civil lawsuits of sexually abusing at least four boys in the mid-1950s at a San Francisco parish. He died in 2003.

: 1946
Incardinated: Portland, ME diocese 1946; San Francisco archdiocese 1954; Oakland diocese 1962.
Retired: 1981
Died: April 9, 2003


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Portland bishop was Joseph Edward McCarthy (1932-1955)

1953 St. Andre's Biddeford ME 4/4, 3/4

St. Andre's had a grade school with 605-478 boys and 664-500 girls, and a high school with 104-79 girls.

Cloutier's first name is spelled "Edmund" in the Directories.


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961), followed by Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977)

1960 Star of the Sea

San Francisco

Cloutier was accused in civil lawsuits of molesting at least four boys at this parish in the mid-1950s.

CA 4/4, 4/5, 3/5, 2/4

Star of the Sea had a grade school with 448-423 boys and 431-446 girls, and a high school with 410-312 girls.

Cloutier's first name is now spelled "Edmond".


The Oakland diocese was established Feb. 21, 1962. Its first bishop was Floyd Lawrence Begin (1962-1977).

1963 Corpus Christi Piedmont CA 2/2 Corpus Christi had a school with 211-177 boys and 189-204 girls.
1963 1965 St. Joseph's Alameda CA 3/3 St. Joseph's had a boys' high school with 305-306 students, a girls' high school with 301-286 students, and a grade school with 190 boys and 210 girls.


Begin was succeeded by John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003)

1981 St. Augustine's Pleasanton CA 1/3, 1/2, 1/4  
1981 1984 Retired       No address given for these years.
1984 1990 Retired Salida CA    
1990 1995 Retired       No address given for these years.
1995 2003 Retired Oakland CA   Cloutier lived at Bishop Begin Villa, which was a residence for retired priests. He died April 9, 2003.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1947-2004)

Connections, Bay Area News Group, April 1, 2008
Accused Clerics, Contra Costa Times, April 1, 2008

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record collates Clouiter's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 25, 2011

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