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 Timothy S. Ruffner As I sat in my car waiting to walk into the Archdiocese and explain exactly what had happened to me, I remember tearing up. I don’t remember why I was tearing up, but looking back I am sure it had a lot to do with how I was treated during the… Read More A Life Changed
By Tim Ruffner, Founder As I sit in front of my computer contemplating what to write, I realize that in all honesty I haven’t really stepped back into the “Church” as I wanted to just yet. I suppose it’s a number of things, some of which stem back from when I was abused, but more,… Read More The Steadfast Search: One Step at a Time
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?
We are pleased to introduce our Healing Voices Round Table in this Special Edition. We hope to make this forum a regular feature: individuals writing a first-person perspective on a common topic. As Founders of this newsletter, our mission is to raise our collective voice to share stories and experiences, providing healing support and making… Read More Round Table: Spotlight, the Film
Tim Ruffner is a Chicago native who moved to Round Lake at the age of nine years old with two siblings along with his parents. The Ruffner family quickly joined the St. Joseph Parish in Round Lake where they spent every Wednesday night, Saturday morning and Sunday mornings. Tim has two children and has been married for 11… Read More Tim