Our Kitchen Table

  • By Spirit Fire
  • April 21, 2018

Mike Hoffman, Co-Founder On the 6pm national newscast for several nights, the story of the brave women confronting Larry Nassar in court, affected me deeply. During this time, my 20 year old daughter was home from college. My wife, my daughter and I listened to the stories in silence....

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder As another in the series about loved ones seeking to support survivors, this article considers the wisdom available in groups which support secondary victims of different but related traumas. One renowned group dedicated to secondary victims is the Alanon Family Groups program. Alanon grew out...

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder This is  one in a series of related articles written at the invitation of Orthodoxy in Dialogue, which is a leading blog for the Orthodox Church published and edited by doctoral students of theology at the University of Toronto. While written from the perspective of a...

Shared Pain

  • By Spirit Fire
  • March 6, 2018

Kathy O’Connell, Co-Founder Yes, I was a victim of abuse, in the home and later on in the Church. And now I can call myself a survivor, though my story, tucked so deep in my heart, belongs to me alone. Survivors share many experiences, but, like every survivor’s story,...

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder “Secondary trauma” is a term that only recently started to appear in psychological research referring to professionals, such as mental health care providers, first responders, ministers and others who work regularly with multiple traumatized people. Professionals had been experiencing a high rate of burnout when offering...

Fellow Travelers

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 7, 2018

The Epiphany is a source of grace and understanding for Christians, particularly Catholics who are unsure about those of us abused by clergy. Here are three reasons why.  Perhaps you'll be inspired by this brief read to rethink how you relate to survivors of abuse who are

In October, the Chicago Tribune published an article exploring parents raising their children Catholic – in particular, profiling one of the founders of this Healing Voices Magazine, Mike Hoffman (bio here). The article begins: Michael Hoffman is what some call a “cradle Catholic.” Born and raised into the faith,...

Un-distant Connections

  • By Spirit Fire
  • October 9, 2017

By Sooz Jeson Last December I lost a close friend who had suffered from Lupus for years. Last July I had to say goodbye to a dear friend who moved to the other side of our continent. A day later, I laid down my beautiful sweet cat Lily for...

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