Rev. Clarence J. Schouten

Summary of Case: Schouten was pastor of St. Joseph's in Milwaukee/Wauwatosa 1955-1969. He moved in 1969 to California where he did parish fill-in work for the Diocese of San Diego. His name was included on the Milwaukee archdiocese's list in July 2004 of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. He was accused of molesting three girls, who were sisters, in the 1950s while assigned to St. Joseph's. One of the women settled for $125K in 2004. Schouten died January 14, 1979.

Ordained: 1929
Died: January 1979



Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Sebastian Gebhard Messmer (1903-1930), followed by Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (1930-1939)

1932 St. Bernard's Wauwatosa WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 298-365 students.
1932 1938 St. Raphael's Madison WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 383-401 students.


Stritch was succeeded by Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953)

1950 St. Mary's Cascade WI 1/1  
1938 1950 St. Michael's Mitchell WI   This was a mission of St. Mary's in Cascade.


Albert Gregory Meyer replaced Kiley (1953-1958)

1955 St. Patrick's Ripon WI 1/1  


Meyer was succeeded by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1969 St. Joseph's (German) Milwaukee/Wauwatosa WI 1/3, 1/2 Parish had an elementary school 114-537 students, and a ninth grade 1955-1959 with 29-20 students.


San Diego bishop was Leo Thomas Maher (1969-1990)

1970 Retired/St. Mel's Norco CA 2/2 Parish had a school with 175 students.
1970 1974 Other Assignments/ St. Mel's Norco CA


In residence.

Parish had a school with 177-165 students.

Schouten is no longer listed as retired.

1974 1979 Other Assignments/
St. Margaret's
Chino CA

3/3, 4/4

In residence.

Parish had a school with 275-319 students.

Schouten died Jan. 14, 1979.


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

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