Teresa Pitt Green (nee Hartnett) is a practicing Catholic who was abused by a series of priests during her youth and teen years. She resettled in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, after a decade living in New York City working in publishing.
Teresa focuses on integrating faith into recovering from abuse or trauma and on promoting trauma-informed ministry, but she also publishes and promotes fellow survivors working to help others heal from the spiritual wounds of abuse..
Teresa is one of two founders of Spirit Fire, where she serves individuals, families and groups wounded by child and other abuse in a faith-setting. Spirit Fire publishes and promotes resources to advance similar healing and reconciliation.
For ten years Teresa served on a diocesan advisory board for implementing child protection and survivor outreach. She continues to provide trauma-informed services and projects for survivors, for loved ones who carry secondary trauma, and for priests, deacons, nuns and others supporting survivors and their families.
She also serves as lead on the Steering Committee for the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.
Teresa’s audiences have included survivors, family members, ministries within several dioceses, as well as judges, attorneys, therapeutic care groups, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops conferences, and Saint Luke’s Institute.
Teresa recently closed her communications and publishing company which she founded in 1997, to devote all her time to Spirit Fire programs and resources, including publishing this magazine.
A SELECTION OF TERESA’S PUBLICATIONS
Veronica’s Veil, with co-author Rev. Louis S. Fiorelli, OSFS
A workbook for spiritual companionship supporting adult survivors of child abuse. based on the authors’ workshops
A chronicle of how others helped the author, who never abandoned her faith, to reconcile with the Church
The most requested and reprinted article: Recovery from child abuse can benefit from making distinctions between what was then – and what is now.
20+ free webinars, 20+ free articles, and other programs from Teresa may be found here.
SELECTIONS FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORK
Investigation by Dr. Wallicia Gill and Brad Swenson (published in The Blue View, August 15, 2018)
PDF Local Paper Article by Dr. Wallicia Gill and Brad Swenson (published in The Connection and 16 local papers, October, 4, 2018)
Rick Warren and Bishop Kevin Vann introduce a conference on faith and mental health.
by Rick Warren
By William Blake
By T. S. Eliot
Mercy from “The Ascension”
By Phil Wickham
TIP: MANAGING TRIGGERS
Care for an abused dog.
TIP: HOW TO SURVIVE
You’re reading this? You’ve already survived. Now, Go. Seek Beauty. Find Truth.