Fr. John C. Holdren: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. John C. Holdren

Ordained: 1971

  • 1972-1973: St. Rita of Cascia, Aurora, IL (RCK)
  • 1974-1980: St. Thomas Church, Crystal Lake, IL (RCK)
  • 1981-1983: St. Peter Church, Geneva, IL (RCK)
  • 1984-1994: St. John the Baptist Church, Johnsburg, IL (RCK)
  • 1995-1996: On Sick Leave
  • 1997-1999: On Health leave
  • 2000-2005: Absent on Leave
  • 2006-2017: Unknown
  • 2018: Died

In September 2015, Fr. John C. Holdren was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit. Fr. Holdren allegedly sexually abused a young boy, from approximately 1972 to 1973, while he worked at St. Rita of Cascia in Aurora, Illinois. In August 1994, Fr. Holdren resigned from ministry after he was injured during a home invasion in Aurora. In 2018, Fr. Holdren was included in the Diocese of Rockford’s list of “priests against whom a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor has been reported.” Fr. Holdren’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 1995 until his death are unknown.