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The Archdiocese Held Eighth Annual Mass for Hope and Healing

The Mass is held to pray for the ongoing healing for child and youth sexual abuse survivors and their families

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Assistance Ministry held the Eighth Annual Mass for Hope and Healing at 11 a.m., on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. Reverend Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Church, presided over the mass. Victim-survivors welcomed attendees, participated in the mass and anointing. Michael Hoffman, a victim-survivor, offered personal testimony and reflection on behalf of clergy sexual abuse victim-survivors. He spoke about how his father assisted in his personal healing, which helped to restore joy to his family relationships.

“I am thankful that Cardinal Blase Cupich has continued to foster and encourage this vital outreach effort to victim-survivors, their family members and all concerned with healing the wounds of clergy abuse,” said Hoffman.

The Mass for Hope and Healing started in 2011 when victim-survivors requested a special mass so they could support one another and reconcile their experiences with their desire to be part of a faith community within the Catholic Church. Each year, victim-survivors collaborate with clergy and staff to plan the liturgy. Attendance has grown to include clergy, victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, family members and caregivers of survivors, church lay ministry staff, Catholic school leadership and many others who are committed to the protection and safety of children and youth.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Assistance Ministry, part of the archdiocese’s Office of the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY), provides pastoral care, support and resources to victim-survivors of clerical sexual abuse and their loved ones in their journey to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing. Since its creation as one of the first victim assistance ministries in the United States, the Office of Assistance Ministry has provided services and support to more than 400 victim-survivors and their family members.

Catholics from across the archdiocese were welcome to attend the mass to pray in solidarity with all who have been, and continue to be affected by this sin in our society and our Church.

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