Kathy O’Connell, Founder I often place myself in Jesus’ position as he was betrayed by a loved one, carried His Cross, even fell three times on his journey leading him to a crucial death. It saddens me over and over to know our Jesus endured such pain and endured it all for us. I imagine… Read More Easter Reflections
Kathy O’Connell, Founder It’s totally amazes me the way the Holy Spirit and God works in our lives. For days, I’ve been writing, deleting and rewriting my thoughts for this issue on child abuse. Finally, deciding to give up this invitation to write, I went to check the mail. Today, in the mail I received… Read More No One Deserves Abuse
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION Question Around the Table: What’s Your Response to the Resignation of Marie Collins from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors? FYI: Marie Collins’s statement on resigning, as posted on Twitter, is here. Mike I was so sad to hear of Marie’s resignation from the Commission. Her voice was powerful, steadfast and… Read More ROUND TABLE: Resignation of Marie Collins
The Healing Voices Magazine V2 N1 February 2017 Special Edition: Victim Assistance Coordinators This Special Issue of The Healing Voices Magazine has been produced for (although not solicited by) the 2017 Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference. In this Special Issue, we have focused on the experiences that survivors of abuse by clergy… Read More Special Edition for Victim Assistance and Survivor Ministry
By Kathy O’Connell As I sit and reflect on my very first experience with the Victim Assistance Coordinator at the Archdiocese of Chicago, I will say with honesty that it was very difficult. Just that one step took much strength and courage and trust from deep within myself. Yet, it was worth it. I learned… Read More Difficult Step, Difficult Road
By Kathy, Founder As a child, I can recall many different emotions as the holidays came around. Before the age of seven, when abuse began for me, I recall the excitement, the joy, the magic of Christmas. Wondering each year what Santa was going to bring to me, in hopes always of a new baby doll.… Read More Magic of the Holidays
What are the fondest memories you have as a child during Christmas? Kathy As I child, I try to reflect on my fondest memories of the Christmas Season. I think back of the beautiful manger that sat underneath our Christmas tree and how Mary, Joseph and the shepherds surrounded baby Jesus with love. I often… Read More Round Table: Fondest Childhood Memories at Christmas
Kathy Many people find their love and support through family and friends in their most difficult times in life. At twelve years old, after I was subjected to clergy abuse by a trusted family priest, I did not have that support. Instead, I found myself clinging to my furry family dog for comfort. Trusting anyone… Read More Round Table: How Have Pets Played a Role in Our Lives as Survivors?
By Kathy O’Connell, Founder Some find it difficult to believe that after one was abused by clergy that same person can remain involved in their parish. It’s different for each victim survivor, as healing for each one differs in its own way and time as well. For myself, I have remained involved in my parish,… Read More Serving in Parish Ministries: Ministry of Care
Tim I recently went into a church for the first time since I was abused. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, considering the church was in Mexico and well they all spoke Spanish. I did have this very weird feeling walking into a church and not knowing what to expect. I… Read More Round Table: How or Why Have We Remained Catholic?