Fr. James Cairns – Diocese of Fresno

Father James Cairns

Diocese of Fresno (Vincentian)

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Ordained: 1969

Left order: 2001

Assignment History:

  • 1970-1971: Seminary of Our Lady Queen of Angels (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1972-1977: St. Vincent Seminary (Montebello, CA)
  • 1981-1988: Unknown
  • 1989: St. Vincent (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1993: Unknown
  • 1994-1998: Saint Agnes’ Medical Center (Fresno, CA)
  • 1999-2000: The Catholic Community of Mount Carmel (Fresno, CA) St. Alphonsus (Fresno, CA)
  • 2001: Children’s Hospital (Fresno, CA)
  • 2002-2021: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Cairns:

Fr. James Cairns was ordained a Vincentian priest in 1969, who served in the Diocese of Fresno. According to media reports, he has been accused of sexually abusing at least one child from 1971 to 1973. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Cairns was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Records show that Fr. Cairns may be living in Modesto, CA. His status as a priest and whether he has access to children since 2002 are unknown.

In 2020, his name was included in the Diocese of Stockton’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, as well as in the Revised List of the Vincentians Western Province.

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