Fr. James Gaynor: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. James Gaynor

Ordained: 1960

  • 1961-1963: St. Rita of Cascia, Aurora, IL (RCK)
  • 1964-1965: St. Margaret’s, Algonquin, IL (RCK)
  • 1966: St. Mary’s, Elgin, IL (RCK)
  • 1967: Christ the King, Wonder Lake, IL (RCK)
  • 1968-1979: Belvedere, IL, St Joseph’s Hospital (RCK)
  • 1980-1983: St. Mary, McHenry, IL (RCK)
  • 1984-1991: St. Mary of the Assumption, McHenry, IL (RCK)
  • 1991: Died

In 2000, an allegation of child sexual abuse was made against Fr. James Gaynor. From approximately 1963 to 1965, Fr. Gaynor allegedly sexually abused a young boy while he worked at St. Rita of Cascia in Aurora, Illinois. The survivor was told by the Diocese that Fr. Gaynor had died of AIDS in 1991. It is unknown whether Fr. Gaynor had access to children prior to his death.