Fr. John C. Holdren

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Accused in a lawsuit filed 9/8/15 of sexually abusing a 7- to 9-year-old boy in the early 1970s at St. Rita’s of Cascia in Aurora. Abuse allegedly included fondling and sodomy. Accuser said several of his friends told him they were abused, too. Holdren denied abuse of the boy. Took long-term leave of absence i 1994 after injured in reported home invasion. Diocese stated in 9/15 he was no longer an active priest, but Holdren told reporter he was still active, helping out at a local parish. On diocese’s list 11/14/18. It noted he was removed from ministry in 7/94 “for reason not related to a child abuse allegation”.


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