Mass for Hope and Healing

Mass for Hope and Healing on October 20th

The Archdiocese of Chicago to Hold a Mass for Hope and Healing at Holy Family Parish

The Mass is held to pray for the ongoing healing for child and youth sexual abuse survivors and their families

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Assistance Ministry will hold a Mass for Hope and Healing on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Fr. Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Church, will celebrate the Mass, where we will offer prayers for the ongoing healing of child and youth sexual abuse survivors, their families and the Church.

Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, both victims-survivors, will give witness on behalf of victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Attendees will include clergy, victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, family members and caregivers of survivors, church lay ministry staff, Catholic school leadership and many others who are committed to the protection and safety of children and youth.

“I attend this Mass every year and I am grateful for the opportunity to share something in common with abuse survivors in this heartfelt and prayerful liturgy,” said Hoffman. “This type of outreach has helped me to reconcile myself to the traumatic loss I experienced at the hands of my abuser. I am thankful for this healing opportunity.”

The Office for Assistance Ministry works to provide pastoral care, support and resources to victims-survivors of clerical sexual abuse and their loved ones in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing. The office was established as one of the first victim assistance ministries in the United States in 1992 to respond to the sexual abuse of minors by Archdiocesan clergy. Since its creation, it has provided services and support to more than 400 victims-survivors and their family members.

“I am grateful for the energy, support and company of others on this journey of hope and healing,” said Richter. “I pray that other victims who live in silence with shame and guilt will also find a way to emerge from the shadows of pain and loneliness to find a measure of peace and comfort.”

For more information on the Mass for Hope and Healing, visit the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth website.

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