Fr. David A. Holley: Accused of Abusing Minors

Fr. David A. Holley

Ordained: 1958

Assignments within the Archdiocese/Diocese(s) in Colorado: Denver


  • 1959-1962: Unknown
  • 1963-1964: St. Philip’s, Grafton, MA (WOR)
  • 1965: St. Anthony’s, Washington, D.C. (WDC)
  • 1966-1967: St. Mary of the Hills, Boylston, MA (WOR)
  • 1968: Our Lady of Faitma, Worcester, MA (WOR)
  • 1969-1970: St. John’s, Worcester, MA (WOR)
  • 1971-1975: Absent on Sick Leave (WOR)
  • 1976: On Duty Outside the Diocese (WOR)
  • 1977-1981: Unknown
  • 1982-1983: Unknown
  • 1984: St. Joseph’s, Amarillo, TX (AMA)
  • 1985-1986: Unknown
  • 1987: St. Joseph West Mesa Hospital, Albuquerque, NM (SFE)
  • 1988: St. Anthony Hospital Systems: Central and North Hospital, Denver, CO (DEN)
  • 1989-2008: Unknown
  • 2008: Died

Fr. David Holley worked in various dioceses throughout the United States. After working in the Diocese of Worcester, Fr. Holley was reportedly sent to Servants of the Paraclete, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 1993, Fr. Holley was sentenced to 275 years in prison in Alamogordo, New Mexico, for sexually abusing at least eight minor boys between approximately 1973 and 1974. While incarcerated, Fr. Holley reportedly admitted that his desire to sexually abuse children began to manifest itself in 1962. Fr. Holley is included in the Diocese of Amarillo’s list of “Priests Accused of Abusing Minors” in the subsection “credible accusations occurred in the Diocese of Amarillo”; the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s “List of Priests, Deacons, Religious, and Seminarians Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children”; the Diocese of San Angelo’s “Credibly Accused Clergy in the Diocese of San Angelo”; and the Diocese of El Paso’s list of “Priests who served in El Paso with the permission of the bishop and with faculties, but who were incardinated to a bishop from another Diocese.” Fr. Holley reportedly died while in prison. His status as a priest from 1989 until his death in 2008 is unknown.