• By Spirit Fire
  • December 2, 2019

Parishes defining the topics and leading the discussion about healing. One local parish gathered to participate in “an evening of prayers and dialog on Eucharistic communities and the effects of clergy sexual abuse, including table discussion to discern next steps.” The emcee for the event explained the purpose was...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 24, 2019

A Novena for Healing, Atonement During the fall of 2019, for “nine consecutive nights culminating with the Sept. 29 feast of the archangels, Bishop Mark Bartosic visited a different church in Vicariate II <including Chicago’s North Side and some northern suburbs in the Archdiocese of Chicago> and joined the...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 21, 2019

One diocese has created good resources to share with everyone. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Island in Nebraska has created well-regarded resources for parents to use to promote child safety in their child’s surroundings. These resources are being used by parents as well as educators and many others...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 19, 2019

Creating a Sacred Space in Clare Valley, Australia The Sacred Space garden and its chapel provide a model of how “prayed-in places,” holy spaces, bring consolation, peace, and healing to victims of abuse by clergy as well as by others. It is one image of what healing from clergy...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 14, 2019

A survivor of clergy abuse reflects on the far-reaching impact of each Healing Mass which celebrants and concelebrants will never know. When Church leaders express remorse for failure to protect victims, it can inspire healing in hearts of people whom the cardinals, archbishops, eparchs, and bishops will never meet....


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 13, 2019

Building a sacred place as an act of love A prayer labyrinth has been constructed by Missionaries of the Precious Blood, along with their lay associates and other volunteers, to offer a place where victims of abuse by clergy may come and pray, meditate, and seek healing. It is...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 12, 2019

Moving into a whole new mode of dialogue Restorative Justice programs have been successful in the U.S. Catholic Church in opening dialogue that heals. Recently, Crux spoke with “Father Daniel Griffith, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who … serves as the Wenger Family Faculty...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 11, 2019

The leading retreat for survivors of clergy abuse For those looking for a model retreat to offer for survivors of clergy abuse, there is “The Way,” which is a unique healing retreat for adult survivors of clergy offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia. It involves three days of...


  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 10, 2019

The Archdiocese of Chicago has been holding an annual Mass of Hope and Healing for nine years. On October 19, 2019, the Archdiocese of Chicago held its 8th annual Mass of Hope and Healing and, also, its annual Peace Circle. This vital outreach to victims-survivors of clergy abuse, their...