Books by Survivors

Acts of Recovery

Excellent for Review Board Members and for Survivors Reporting to Review Boards

By Michael D. Hoffman  One founder of The Healing Voices Magazine, Michael D. Hoffman offers a remarkable story, told honestly and bravely, about his unique journey to heal after having been sexually abused as a child by a priest who was a trusted family friend. After memories were triggered in 2006 by a newspaper article with his abuser’s name and the name of other victims, Mike took what he calls his “twelve acts of recovery” which involved sharing his truth with family and Church, revisiting places to put memories to rest, and ultimately moving forward to the point where he has been able to co-founder The Healing Voices.

Veronica’s Veil: Spiritual Companionship for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – A Guide for Integrating Faith with Recovery

Recipient of the Mother Cabrini Award 2019

By Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS, and Teresa Pitt Green  A workbook, whose co-author is a founder of this newsletter, offers a language for healing dialogue between adults who wish to integrate their Catholic faith into the arduous psychological recovery from child abuse (and those who love them) with ministers, priests, nuns, deacons and others who seek to offer spiritual guidance. Based on successful workshops, presentations and retreats in the diocese of Arlington, Virginia (imprimatur, nihil obstat)

Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing  

Adapted for Theatre, First Performed 2019

By Norbert Krapf  Former Indiana Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize nominee, emeritus and professor of English at Long Island University, Norbert is the author of twenty-five critically acclaimed books. After struggling for 55 years after having been a victim of childhood sexual abuse, Norbert confronted his past with the power of his writing these 130 poems, offering fellow survivors comfort, healing, and a sense of freedom from the long-term effects of abuse. For many years, Norbert provided writing workshops for survivors of abuse, but the theatrical adaptation of his book has since required his full-time focus.

The Maria Goretti Network: Principles and Practices

Miguel Prats, co-founder of the Maria Goretti Network/MGN with Fr. Gavin Vaverek, JCL, have published The Maria Goretti Network/MGN: Principles and Practices as a FREE PDF.  In November 2016 Miguel described how MGN works in an article titled The Maria Goretti Network about a ministry to victims (of any kind of abuse or violence) offering a blend of 12 Step traditions and Catholic devotions and settings. Now, there’s this book for those who want to establish a chapter of MGN in their parish or diocese.

Restoring Sanctuary

Teresa Pitt Green chronicles in vignettes the series of encounters that led her through a winding pathway to recovery and faith.

For Victim Assistance Coordinators and Survivor Ministers (compilation)

Edited by Teresa Pitt Green and Michael D. Hoffman. Selections from the co-founders and other contributors in The Healing Voices Magazine, compiled with special new material for those who seek to help survivors of abuse by clergy or others in authority in the Catholic Church. PDF version is available upon request.

DIY Child Protection and Prayerful Event Planner

Compiled by Teresa Pitt Green and Michael D. Hoffman, with courtesy reprints from parish events and Prevent Child Abuse – Illinois. A step-by-step how-to for deciding what kind of event to host at a parish and for ensuring success from inspiration through follow up after the event ends.