Introduction to the October 2017 Issue

INTRODUCTION

By Teresa (Pitt Green) Hartnett

Healing Voices Magazine continues, with your support, to expand our reach as we advance the mission we set forth at the end of 2015 when a few survivors met, after an introduction by Thomas P. Tharayil, LCSW, BCD, Director of Survivor Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Since then, our small group has been drawing as many people as possible into a simple dialogue about how abuse has hurt many in the Church—and how we might heal together.

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon has done a great service promoting dialogue by profiling the faith lives of Catholic survivors of clergy abuse in a recent article which we feature below.

The Archdiocese of Chicago will hold its annual Mass for Hope and Healing in a few weeks. We feature this event in several places in this issue, considering most founders fare from this diocese and will be at this Mass. All are welcome to join us.

Our magazine fellowship responded to Pope Francis’s call for a Day of Prayer for Abuse Survivors just a few days ago by hosting an online prayer service. More about that service opens this issue.

In addition to our prayer service, we have articles about the critical importance of a survivor’s support network and trauma-informed pastoral understanding of abuse—as well as a jewel of an article about the role priests played in one survivor’s recovery.

I welcome all to our autumn issue, and on behalf of the Founders of The Healing Voices Magazine express our hope you find what you need among what is offered here.

 

For information on the full issue, see The Healing Voices Magazine October 2017 V2 N6.

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