Fr. James M. Ray: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. James M. Ray

Ordained: 1975

  • 1975-1982: St. Anastasia, Waukegan, IL (CHI)
  • 1982-1989: St. Peter Damian, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1989-1991: Transfiguration, Wauconda, IL (CHI)
  • 1991-1992: Hospital & Health Affairs (CHI)
  • 1992-2002: Catholic Health Ministry & Catholic Charities
  • 1992-1996: Addolorata Villa, Wheeling, IL (CHI)
  • 1996-2000: Sisters of the St. Casimir, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2000-2002: Residence – St. Mary of Perpetual Help, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2009: Resigned
  • 2012: Laicized
  • 2002-2019: Unknown

Fr. Ray was removed from Transfiguration in 1991, following Cardinal Bernardin’s review panel of sexual abuse, which saw the removal of 20 priests. Parishioners of Transfiguration were told that Fr. Ray was removed due to allegations of sexual abuse at his previous church, St. Peter Damian parish. Following his removal from Transfiguration, Fr. Ray was given a desk job in the Office of Health and Hospital Affairs, from which he was removed in 2002. In 2014, Fr. Ray’s personnel file was released, revealing that he had first been accused of sexual abuse while he was assigned to St. Anastasia in Waukegan. According to the files, Fr. Ray sexually abused two boys, then-aged 10 and 11 years old, at St. Anastasia. Fr. Ray has also been accused of sexual abuse at least three more times, with one incident allegedly occurring while he assigned to Transfiguration in Wauconda. In 2010, Fr. Ray was included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s report of “Clergy with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” Fr. Ray’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.