Day of Prayer for Atonement

On April 26, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph celebrated its 5th annual Day of Prayer as an opportunity for all to share in praying for victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, particularly those who have been abused by someone in the Catholic Church, and for their families, friends and the entire diocesan community.

Mass was celebrated by Bishop James Johnston (program below) and a Stations of the Cross was prayed in atonement for the sins of abuse (video). On its webpage and invitation, Catholics were invited to offer various prayers and sacrifices at home, in private too, so that people would come together in spirit across the area.

We appreciate this dedicated day and willingness to invite all Catholics into the process of healing and renewal. Maybe your diocese, if it is still finding a way to integrate this process into its calendar, can use this model.

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