Shorewood, IL Catholic Priest accused of abuse plunges from church balcony

A Shorewood Catholic priest who parishioners described as a “very holy man” apparently tried to kill himself by jumping from the balcony of a shuttered downtown Joliet church Wednesday as Kane county investigators began looking into allegations he molested a 13-year-old boy, authorities said. Alejandro Flores, 37, parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, was found unconscious between the pews of St. Mary’s Carmelite Church, 113 N. Ottawa, Wednesday afternoon, said Joliet police deputy chief Mike Trafton. Police went to the boarded-up church after receiving a missing persons report from the Joliet archdiocese around noon Wednesday. Officials from the Diocese of Joliet told police that Flores, who was ordained in June, had keys and spent time in the church. Flores was reportedly in critical but stable condition Thursday.