Fr. John Edward Hefferan

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  • 5/1/1956:  Ordained
  • 1956-1962:  St. Louise de Marillac; La Grange Park, IL
  • 1962-1967:  St. Anastasia’s; Waukegan, IL
  • 1967-1968:  St. Simeon’s; Bellwood, IL
  • 1968-1973:  Infant Jesus of Prague; Flossmoor, IL
  • 1973-1975:  St. John the Evangelist; Streamwood, IL
  • 1975-1981:  St. John Baptist Vianny, Cure of Ars
  • 1981-1985:  St. James; Highwood, IL
  • 1985-1990:  St. Ann’s; Lansing, IL
  • 1990-1997:  St. Gerald’s; Oak Lawn, IL
  • 1997-2002:  St. Bede’s; Ingleside, IL
  • 2000:  Retired
  • 2002-2005:  Bishop Lyne Home; Lemont, IL
  • 10/2003:  Removed from public ministry


Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report released 3/20/06. Removed from Public Ministry 10/03. No further information found as of 7/19/09. Per documents released by archdiocese 11/14, Herreran was accused in 3/93 of sexual abuse of 12-yr-old girl in late 1970s at St. John Vianney in Northlake. Restricted from being alone with minors for 4 months. Two more allegations surfaced in 2002 and 2003: a person claimed sexual exploitation by Hefferon 1964-67 at St. Anastasia’s in Waukegan, and a woman filed a formal complaint that Hefferan fondled her breasts in the late 1960s, when she was in junior high school in Flossmore.

Sources: Assignment Record; Hefferan Personnel File; Jeff Anderson & Associates TimelineChicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06; Chicago Sun-Times 03.21.06; Chicago Tribune 03.21.06; Daily Herald 11.06.14; Suburban Life 11.07.14; Archdiocese of Chicago Documents 11.11.14