Excerpted from work by Sarah Satchell (Reporter, Windsor Star)
Deborah Kloos of Windsor, Alberta, is a contributor to The Healing Voices Magazine whose call some years ago for a World Day of Prayer for Survivors became the reality we know today.
Her request is described in the following excerpt of an article in a local newspaper found its way to Marie Collins, who while serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors encouraged her colleagues to support the idea. With their endorsement of the idea was passed to Pope Francis, who made a call for the Day of Prayer.
From a local article entitled “Survivor of Clergy Abuse Urges Catholic Church to Pray Together” by Sarah Sachell, published in the Windsor Star November 10, 2015:
The Windsor woman was abused by her parish priest more three decades ago. She left the Church for years, but with counselling and reflection, returned. Now she wants Catholics around the world to pray together once a year for people wounded by abuse.
“The only real hope is to pray together for healing to help restore a person’s broken spirit and give them hope,” Kloos said. “We can’t undo that pain, but we can at least show that we care by praying for them.”
Survivors of all kinds of abuse, not just those preyed on by clergy, should be included in the Church’s intentions, Kloos said. Prayers should also be offered for all the good priests tainted by the scandal.
Excerpted with kind permission from “Survivor of clergy abuse urges Catholic church to pray together,” by Sarah Sachell in Windsor Star, November 10, 2015, Last Updated: November 10, 2015 7:00 PM, Accessed June 23, 2017. Link.