Fr. Henry J. Slade: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Henry J. Slade

Ordained: 1984

  • 1985-1989: St. Isidore, Bloomingdale,
  • 1990-1993: Leave of Absence (JOL) IL (JOL)
  • 1994-2019: Unknown

Fr. Henry J. Slade was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliet in 1984. Fr. Slade has been accused of sexually abusing at least four boys during his time in ministry. In 1990, Fr. Slade pled guilty to sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old disabled man at St. Isidore and received 12 months of probation and underwent therapy. The survivor filed a lawsuit against Fr. Slade which later settled. In 2015, an second lawsuit was filed against Fr. Slade which accused him of physically abusing an 11-year-old boy after he rejected his sexual advances in 1976 at St. Pius X. Fr. Slade was named on the Diocese of Joliet’s list of “Diocesan Priests with Credible Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made against Them While Serving in the Diocese of Joliet” with “Substantiated Allegations.” According to the Diocese of Joliet, Fr. Slade was removed from ministry in 1990. Fr. Slade’s status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he has had access to children since 1990 are unknown.