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Kathleen Hope Brown
Kathleen Hope Brown, D. Min, teaches spirituality and spiritual direction at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. She is also a spiritual integrator at the St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Brown’s article is A Meditation on Who I Am.
Rev. Quinn Conners, O.Carm.
Rev. Quinn Conners, O.Carm., Ph.D., is a Carmelite of the Chicago Province and a clinical psychologist. He serves on the leadership team at Saint Luke Institute, is prior and director of formation at the Carmelites’ Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC, teaches part-time in the School of Theology & Religious Studies at Catholic University, and has been director of novices and provincial.Additional ministries included principal of Mt. Carmel High School in Los Angeles and as psychotherapist, spiritual director and part-time faculty member at Washington Theological Union. He has led workshops internationally in the areas of psychology and spirituality, sexuality, vocational discernment and the first five years of ministry. Fr. Conners wrote Abuse, Therapy and Spirituality: Reconciling the Three.
Amy Cordon has served as the Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection and Victim Assistance in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana since 2007. She holds a BA in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University. Professionally, she has completed specialized training in the prevention and management of aggressive behavior and in investigations. Cordon has volunteered over 15 years in international medical missions, specifically in the areas of logistics, translations and medical equipment procurement and placement in Mexico, Honduras, Bonaire and El Salvador. She has worked many years in her local community as a qualified mental health case manager, serving chronic mentally ill, youth and young adults and geriatric populations. Prior to her appointment as the Director, Office of Child and Youth Protection and Victim Assistance, she served eight years in Catholic health care providing mental health assessments, care planning and bereavement services. She is a member of the Child and Youth Protection Leadership Advisory Committee. She has written When Jesus Turns Around.
Shannon M. Deitz
Shannon M. Deitz is the Founder Hopeful Hearts Ministry, which gives a VOICE to Survivors of Abuse. She is also the author of the newly released Redeemed: The Story of a Marriage Torn Apart by Past Abuse and Restored by Faith ; Restored by Faith and Exposed: Inexcusable Me…Irreplaceable Him. More about Ms. Deitz’s work with survivors may be found on the Hopeful Hearts Ministry website.
Mary Jane Doerr
Mary Jane Doerr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences from Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. She has more than twenty years’ experience as an educator as a classroom teacher, an elementary school principal, and a college instructor. She joined the Diocese of Kalamazoo in 1994 where she worked in stewardship and development. In 2003, she was appointed Safe Environment Coordinator for the diocese and in 2006 was promoted to director of the Safe Environment Office. She was named the associate director in the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2008- 2016. In 2016 she joined the Archdiocese of Chicago as Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, overseeing all compliance issues related to the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. She has written What Is the Church Doing about Sexual Abuse? for this magazine.
Rev. Larry Dowling
Fr. Larry Dowling, has been a priest since 1991, served as pastor at St. Denis Parish on the southwest side of Chicago for 10 years and now has been serving at St. Agatha for nine years, each time following a pastor who had been abusing children and youth. He served on the Archdiocesan Review Board for 7 years and currently serves on the Archdiocesan Healing Garden Committee. Fr. Dowling has written The Call and Privilege of Ministry to and with Survivors, a poem Metanoia, and Where Was God When This Was Happening to Me?
Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S.
Fr. Fiorelli offers workshops, retreats and spiritual guidance to survivors, their families and those who minister to them in the diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He taught dogmatic theology and Salesian spirituality in the Washington DC area before being elected as 10th Superior General of the Oblates. He has served as chaplain to several Salesian lay groups and is the Auxiliary Religious Assistant to the monasteries of the Order of the Visitation in the United States. In 2007, Fr. Fiorelli was appointed to General Formation Coordinator for the Oblate Congregation. He has led retreats for survivors of clergy abuse and presented many workshops to priests, nuns and others seeking to offer spiritual guidance and support to survivors of abuse by clergy and others in authority. Along with other books on spiritual guidance and St. Francis de sales, Fr. Fiorelli has written, with co-author T. Pitt Green, a workbook entitled Veronica’s Veil: Spiritual Companionship for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – Integrating Faith with Recovery, A Christ-Centered Support for Healing from Child Abuse. For our magazine, Fr. Fiorelli has written Child Protection as Survivor Ministry.
Deacon Phil Franco, PhD
Deacon Phil Franco, PhD, has been an ordained deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn since 2015 and is a survivor of clergy abuse. His sermon, And Jesus Wept, was first preached (and broadcast by the Diocese of Brooklyn) on April 26, 2017 from St. Anselm’s Church in Brooklyn, New York.
Teresa Hartnett (Teresa Pitt Green)
Founder, editor and contributor, Teresa Hartnett is the adult survivor of abuse by a series of priests. In her ministry to those caring for survivors of child abuse or human trafficking, she focuses on integrating faith into recovering from abuse and trauma, working in partnership with abuse survivors and others with diverse experiences and expertise to promote healing where faith communities have been harmed by child abuse through Spirit Fire, where her publications may be… (more bio here). Her articles in articles in Healing Voices may be found here. If you wish to reach Teresa, contact us and we will forward your email to her.
Roy A. Harley
Roy A. Harley is Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, the chartered state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. He has a BA from the University of Toledo, Ohio, an MA in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Quincy University. His 40 years of experience in child abuse prevention includes 17 years as Executive Director of the local Child Abuse Council in Moline, Illinois. He has been involved in several statewide initiatives including Child Death Review Teams, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, Healthy Families Illinois, the Prevention Resource Development Project, and Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates. Mr. Harley has served on the Erin’s Law Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children and was the Illinois recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner’s Award in 2003. He and his wife Patricia reside in Springfield. They have five adult children, nine grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He has written Child Abuse Prevention: A Personal Reflection for this magazine.
Jim Hmurovich is a former Deputy Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Correction as well as a former State Welfare Director in Indiana. He then served as President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America for ten years, retiring in 2016. A tireless advocate for the safety of children and young people, Mr. Hmurovich has spoken and written widely, including for the Huffington Post. Mr. Hmurovich wrote Beyond National Policy: Making Child Abuse Prevention a Reality.
Michael D. Hoffman
Founder, editor and contributor, Mike Hoffman, is a devoted husband and father to two teen-aged children. He is also an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a priest. Mike is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse – Illinois, and has published a book entitled, Acts of Recovery – The Story of One Man’s On-Going Healing from Sexual Abuse by a Priest. Executive with the orthopedic company he founded, Mike volunteers at his local parish, St. Mary of the Woods, on the Liturgy Committee and as lector; he is also the past President of the school Athletic Board. Mike serves as Chair for the Hope and Healing Committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago – a group of clergy abuse survivors, priests and staff from the Archdiocese who reach out to victims/survivors and their family members as an aid to healing from the pain… (more bio info here.) Mike’s articles may be viewed here. To contact Mike about his work in child protection or group work in healing services or healing gardens, contact us, and we will forward your email to him.
Founder, prayer-poetess and regular contributor, Sooz Jeson, has a special calling to share the instruments of healing in her own faith story by sharing a blend of poetry and prayer to liberate, heal, and bring us closer to God who has sustained us and our faith. Sooz is currently testing a beta version of a program for healing through creativity and prayer. More about Sooz may be found here. Her many articles may be found here. If you would like to hear more about Sooz’s work, please contact us, and we will forward your request to her.
Deborah Kloos, RN. BScN, is a resident of Windsor, Ontario, and a survivor of child abuse by clergy. She works as a nurse in the neo-natal ward of Hutzel Women’s Hospital in Detroit who cares for sick babies born to crack-addicted mothers. Over the years, Mrs. Kloos has made rosaries and dedicated prayers and Masses for each member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. She initiated and promoted the idea of a day of prayer for people wounded by abuse which was ultimately adopted by Pope Francis. A piece of artwork by Mrs. Kloos was presented to Pope Francis by Marie Collins, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Rev. Hans Zollner, who is the chairman of the steering committee for the Center for Child Protection of the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University it Rome. Mrs. Kloos is married and a mother who sings in the choir of her parish. Mrs. Kloos’s belief in the healing role of prayer has been covered in the Windsor Star and the National Catholic Register. Mrs. Kloos contributed to the Round Table discussion on the resignation of Collins from the Pontifical Commission and Requiescat in Pace. If you would like a hand-made rosary or other work of art by Mrs. Kloos, please contact us and we will forward you note to her.
Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate, was born and grew up in a small German-American town in southern Indiana. He is the author of twenty-six books, including Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing, his eleventh full-length poetry collection. Krapf has received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Glick Indiana Author Award for the body of his work, including Catholic Boy Blues, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.For more information about Krapf and his work with survivors, see www.krapfpoetry.com. Mr. Krapf has written For Survivors Trying to Decide and A Victim Assistance Coordinator’s Role in Shrinking the Monster, and his book Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse has been reviewed, along with Catholic Boy Blues. If you are interested in Mr. Krapf’s workshop on writing and healing from abuse, please contact us and we will forward your note to him.
Peter Lukes has been a practitioner of water therapy for over 15 years. He has studied at the Harbin School of Shiatsu and Massage with Watsu originator Harold Dull and other excellent teachers. Having completed WABA certification as a Watsu practitioner, Mr. Lukes continues to explore Watsu as well as underwater aquatic bodywork, through private sessions, explorer path gatherings, and classes. The relaxation, exploration and healing of both body and mind that continually flow from this work fill Peter with wonder and gratitude. Mr. Lukes wrote Healing on Waves of Kindness and his work is featured in Exercise Your Muscle Memory.
Eileen Mathy (Unander)
Eileen Mathy, a survivor of clergy abuse, is married with a blended family of 13 grown children, including six of whom were adopted through the child welfare system. Ms. Mathy now manages a private practice to provide quality care for all regardless of ability to pay. Ms. Mathy has written Survivors’ Dilemma in the Pontifical Commission and Child Protection: Vigilance and Commitment and It Takes a Village…, In This Together, and joined us for Round Table: Spotlight, the Film.
Bridget is an Irish immigrant, lifelong Catholic, wife, and mother with education and work experience in early childhood education. She has earned certification and is commissioned as a Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Peoria. She founded St. Brigid’s Well which is a center for spiritual growth and development in Urbana Il. Ms. McGill has written Finding Closure.
Patricia Mudd is the Victim Assistance Coordinator in the Diocese of Arlington, VA. She received a BA from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Maryland and MSW from Catholic University of America. Mrs. Mudd worked for Catholic Charities in Arlington as Program Director of Children’s Services and Associate Director of Social Services. In 2004, she was asked to take on the role of Victim Assistance Coordinator. Mrs. Mudd is married, the mother of three adult children and six grandchildren. Mrs. Mudd has written The Importance of Prayer.
Charlene and Rick Niemi
Charlene Niemi, RN, MSN, PhD, is a nurse who has been researching forgiveness and other characteristics in survivors of abuse. Her husband, Rick Niemi, contributed to this reflection as inspiration and co-author. and A Nurse and Scholar’s Perspective on Victim Assistance Coordinators.
Deacon Bernie Nojadera
Bernie Nojadera is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He prior has worked with the Diocese of San Jose as the director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults for close to ten years and is a permanent deacon for the Diocese of San Jose, married with two adult children. Deacon Nojadera has written Promise to Protect. Pledge to Heal.
Founder and regular contributor, Kathy O’Connell, is a practicing Catholic who grew up on the North side of Chicago. Attending a Catholic school for twelve years of her life, she was a victim of abuse. Kathy has three grown children and recently retired from her job at a Catholic school to be able to enjoy her grandchildren… (full bio here). Her many articles may be found here.
Robert A. Orsi
Dr. Robert A. Orsi, PhD, is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. His award-winning 2006 Princeton University Press book, Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them, was followed by his 2015 Harvard University Press book entitled History and Presence, whose last chapter concerns survivors’ religious experiences and understandings. Since 2112, Dr. Orsi has been researching the experience of survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy, interviewing hundreds of adults. A two-part interview about his preliminary observations of the depth of survivors’ faith may be found on YouTube as “What We Can Learn from Survivors” as Part 1and Part 2. Dr. Orsi has written Can the Catholic Church Change?
Miguel Prats is the President and Co-founder of the Maria Goretti Network. Discerning a dire need for a Catholic-based survivor community after having served as SNAP (Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests) Regional Director in Texas & LA for some years, Mr. Prats was moved by the story of St. Maria Goretti, St. Josephine Bakhita and St. Maximillian Kolbe. For more information, see the Maria Goretti Network website www.mgoretti.org or Facebook page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For us, Mr. Prats has written The Maria Goretti Network and Listening, Saints and Miracles. Mr. Prats also has contributed to the Round Table discussion of the resignation by Marie Collins from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Founder Jim Richter is a practicing Catholic and a member of Saint Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a teenager, he was abused for several years by his parish priest. Following the abuse, it took two decades, the near-loss of his career, therapy and the loving support of family and friends before the process of healing began. Jim is a member of the Hope and Healing Committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and helps plan the annual Mass of Hope and Healing (click for more).
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, PhD, DMin, is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse and a licensed psychologist. He holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America (CUA). He is a research associate professor at CUA and a Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. He is a former consultant to the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Child and Young People and assisted in developing the “Dallas Charter,” The Charter for the Protection for Children and Young People. Msgr. Rossetti is a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He has authored many books and articles on wellness, formation, and child protection.
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Deacon John Marques de Silva
Deacon Silva is the Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He earned his BS from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and completed his diaconal studies through Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. He is currently the Director for Child Protection and Safety for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and is assigned to St. Leo the Great parish in Fairfax, VA. Deacon Silva has written Working in Child and Youth Protection: A Deacon’s Perspective. He also provided other child-protection articles on sexting and social media savvy.
Rev. Kenneth W. Schmidt
Fr. Kenneth W. Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC, is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Portage, Michigan. He has a doctorate in canon law, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Michigan) and a National Certified Counselor. He is a co-founder of the Trauma Recovery Program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the non-profit Trauma Recovery Associates. For more information about inviting TRA to your parish or diocese for a survivor retreat and/or training program, visit traumarecoveryassociates.com. He has contributed an article describing this program, The Trauma Recovery Program. He was also described the basics of his book You Have Set Us Free: Scriptural Reflections for Trauma Survivors.
Victoria S. Schmidt
Victoria S. Schmidt lives in Springfield, IL. She considers working with Mother Teresa of Calcutta from 1981 to 1995 to be the highlight of her life. She has been involved with ministry with the poor most of her life and currently serves as Executive Director of Theresians International, an international Catholic ministry for women. Ms. Schmidt was a contributing author to Broken Trust: Stories of Pain, Hope, and Healing from Clerical Abuse Survivors and Abusers by Patrick and Sue-Lauber Fleming (Crossroads, 2007). She co-authored a second book with the Flemings entitled Shattered Soul? Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit from Abuse and Trauma (Wordstream Publishing, 2011).They are currently working on a third book of daily reflections based on the Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit. It is due for publication in 2017. Ms. Schmidt has written All Shall Be Well, All Manner of Things Shall Be Well and Therapy: An Unexpected Grace.
Rev. Bill Stenzel
Fr. Bill Stenzel was born and raised in Chicago’s South Side, and worked at the General Electric Credit Corporation until 1971. Ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1975, he served in parish ministry until 2014, when he retired (for the first time), retiring again in 2016. Fr. Bill has been an addictions counselor since 1977, supporting family interventions and family recovery work. He is currently writing about his experience applying the principles of 12 Step recovery to systems or groups when leadership has been impaired physically, emotionally or spiritually. Fr. Stenzel has written Manifold Wound describing his own wounds from the abuse scandal and his work with parishes processing their grief after credible allegations were made regarding prior priests.
Thomas P. Tharayil
Thomas P. Tharayil. LCSW, BCD, is Director of Assistance Ministry at the Archdiocese of Chicago and teaches at Loyola University. He is honored by the Founders in Our Friend in Christ and opened the first 2017 issue of The Healing Voices with an article about issues facing Victim Assistance Coordinators and Survivor Ministers in the Church today entitled, Building Better Bridges to Healing.
Julie (Hoffman) Tuozzoli
Julie Tuozzoli is the sister of survivors of clergy abuse. She lives in Trumbull, CT with her husband and 3 adult children. Ms. Tuozzili has written A Sister’s Perspective.
Kathleen Wilson, MS, has specialized in disability and mental-health rights for over 30 years. She has served as a Mental Health Advocate and Disability Rights Advocate in a variety of settings, including as the Director of Advocacy Services at the Disability Rights Center (KAPS) and as Program Director for a Kansas community residential program for persons with developmental disabilities. In addition, Kathleen as taught workshops and published widely in her area of specialty, including as a trainer for Matrix Research Institute (a National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center). With a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Kansas, Kathleen began her career teaching Special Education classes in Kansas elementary schools for over a decade and as a Supervisor of Special Education for the Allentown PA School District. She has also served as a volunteer rape counselor. Kathleen is a member of the Sacred Heart/St. Joseph parish in Topeka, KS. She is also the survivor of child sexual and emotional abuse in the Catholic Church. She has written I Thirst.
Other guest writers have submitted their work for publication with the specific request for anonymity which we have respected by not listing them here.