Child Abuse Prevention Month – The Chicago Community Comes Together

Mike Hoffman, Founder  * I wish to express gratitude for a variety of successful events this April 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, which helped raise awareness of child abuse prevention efforts and  which will impact our community and ultimately serve to protect children from harm. Abuse of children can occur in a culture of silence, but,… Read More Child Abuse Prevention Month – The Chicago Community Comes Together

A Tribute to Father Patrick Cecil (June 21, 1952 – November 14, 2016)

By Michael D. Hoffman Father Pat was the pastor of my parish, St. Mary of the Woods in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He supported every possible effort to heal from the wounds of childhood sexual abuse by clergy for myself, as a parishioner and an individual survivor of clergy abuse, and for our Church as… Read More A Tribute to Father Patrick Cecil (June 21, 1952 – November 14, 2016)

It’s Critical: Trauma-Informed Care

In your efforts to continuously improve care being offered to survivors and family members–and anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress–please take a look at how trauma-informed care options are. If you need resources, there are many, but here are a few. Fr. Ken Schmidt has written a wonderful description for The Healing Voices Magazine about trauma-informed… Read More It’s Critical: Trauma-Informed Care


Teresa Pitt Green, Founder Delight. A pinwheel is all about delight. It’s defined by action-words like twirling, spinning, whirling, swirling, dancing. It’s associated with favorite things like fireworks, holidays, toys, cookies and even pinwheel-shaped galaxies. Pinwheels really are a fitting image to promote Child Abuse Prevention event such as those our fellow Founder of the… Read More Pinwheels

Pinwheels for Prevention

Among all its work, Prevent Child Abuse America holds “Pinwheels for Prevention” every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Archdiocese of Chicago joins PCA in planting pinwheel gardens as a reminder of the role we play in protecting children’s and young people’s daily lives. If you would like to plant a pinwheel garden in your parish, please reach out to… Read More Pinwheels for Prevention