Teresa Hartnett, whose former pen name (Teresa Pitt Green) appears on numerous articles here, 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 others working to help others heal from the spiritual wounds of abuse..
Teresa works with Spirit Fire, where she serves individuals, families and groups wounded by child and other abuse in a faith-setting. Spirit Fire also publishes and promotes books and other products 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 many 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 Special Assistant of Operations to the Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, and manages Task Force internal communications, volunteer corps and community friendship programs.
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 founded a communications and publishing company in 1997 where she continues to work while devoting volunteer efforts to her ministries.
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.
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Rick Warren and Bishop Kevin Vann introduce a conference on faith and mental health.
by Rick Warren
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Mercy from “The Ascension”
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