Fr. John Gordon (Gordon J.) Pillon: Credibly Accused Clergy

Fr. John Gordon (Gordon J.) Pillon

Ordination: 1979


  • 1980-1983: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra, CA
  • 1984-1987: St. Juliana Falconieri Church, Fullerton, CA
  • 1988-1989: St. Angela Merici Church, Brea, CA
  • 1990: St. Columban Church, Garden Grove, CA
  • 1991-1993: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1991-1992: Newman Foundation Bradley Univ. & Illinois Central College, Peoria, IL
  • 1993-1996: St. Edward’s Church, Chillicothe, IL
  • 1997-1999: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1997: St. Vincent de Paul Church, Charlotte, NC
  • 1998-1999: St. Joseph Church, Newton, NC
  • 2000: St. John’s Catholic Chapel Church, Champaign, IL
  • 2001-2003: St. Patrick’s Church, Wapella, IL
  • 2001-2004: St. John the Baptist’s Church, Clinton, IL
  • 2003: Sacred Heart Church, Farmer City, IL
  • 2004-2006: Queen of the Holy Rosary, La Salle, IL
  • 2004-2006: St. Hyacinth’s, La Salle, IL
  • 2004-2006: St. Patrick’s, La Salle, IL
  • 2006: Resurrection, La Salle, IL
  • 2007: On Leave of Absence
  • 2008-2018: Unknown

Notes: Fr. Pillon was a pastor in the Diocese of Peoria when he was asked to step down following allegations of sexual abuse. A lawsuit filed in 2009 accuses Fr. Pillon of  repeatedly sexually abusing a boy approximately 25 years earlier, when the boy was 15 to 18 years old. According to the lawsuit, at the time of abuse, Fr. Pillon
was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra, California. The plaintiff is a former pastor and was allegedly forced out of the priesthood in 2006 after
reporting Fr. Pillon’s abuse to the Diocese of Peoria. Fr. Pillon was last reported to be working at the University of North Virginia campus in Prague, Czech Republic, but his current whereabouts, status as a priest, and access to children are unknown.