Fr. Adelbert “Del” Holmes – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Adelbert “Del” Holmes 

Diocese of Charlotte/Glenmary Home Missioners 

Ordained: 1963

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Adelbert Holmes:

The Glenmary Home Missioners, a Catholic society of priests and brothers located in Cincinnati, released a list of 11 members of the Order who it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. The list included five men who formerly served under the Charlotte Diocese, including Father Adelbert “Del” Holmes.  In November 2019, the Glenmary Home Missioners told the Charlotte Diocese that Holmes had been accused of abusing three minors in 1976 while serving St. William Catholic Church in Murphy. The society said Holmes admitted the North Carolina allegations.

The Order also said that it has substantiated allegations of abuse by Holmes in Kentucky and Virginia as well, according to a news report.

According to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Holmes committed an act of substantiated misconduct while assigned there, but no additional information has been provided to the public. 

Holmes was removed from ministry in 1991 and died in 2013, according to media reports. 

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