Mass Saturday for hope and healing of sexual abuse survivors
The Archdiocese of Chicago is holding a Mass for Hope and Healing of Child and Youth Sexual Abuse Survivors and their Families at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago.
Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, both victims-survivors, will give witness. Attendees will include clergy, victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, family members and caregivers of survivors, church lay ministry staff, Catholic school leadership and others committed to the protection and safety of children and youth.
The archdiocese Office of Assistance Ministry will hold the Mass. The Office for Assistance Ministry works to provide pastoral care, support and resources to victims-survivors of clerical sexual abuse and their loved ones in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing.
The office was established as one of the first victim assistance ministries in the United States in 1992. It has provided services and support to more than 400 victims-survivors and their family members.