Fr. Adelbert Holmes (Glenmary Home Missioners) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Adelbert Holmes 

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 1991

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Mission (Hayesville, N.C.)
  • St. William Catholic Church (Murphy, N.C.) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Adelbert Holmes:

Father Adelbert Holmes was a member of the Glenmary Home Mission Society. He served in the Dioceses of Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Little Rock, AR; Owensboro, KY; Richmond, VA; and Savannah, GA.

According to media reports, in October 2019, Father Holmes was publicly named on the Glenmary Home Missioners’ list of clergy credibly accused of abuse of a minor. In November 2019, the society told the Diocese of Charlotte that he had been accused of abusing three minors in 1976 in Murphy, where he served at St. William Catholic Church. It also reported that he was credibly accused of abuse in Franklin, Kentucky. 

Glenmary said it received the North Carolina allegations in 1988, while Father Holmes was living at the society’s headquarters in Cincinnati, and that he admitted the abuse. He was sent for treatment in 1988 and removed from ministry in 1991. He died in 2013. 

In October 2019, Father Holmes‘ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In December 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list, as well.

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