What We Do

Spirit Fire serves on the diocesan, religious order, regional or national level, for which we have or are currently providing:

  • Trauma-Informed Pastoral Formation
  • Parish Reflection and Outreach Events
  • Review Board Workshops
  • Victim Assistance Outreach Support
  • Retreats for Survivors, Clergy, Ministries
  • Trauma Awareness Professional Conferences
  • Consultation on Evangelical Renewal
  • Panels of Spirit Fire Survivors and/or Experts

We work directly with survivors and their family members as groups and one-on-one in a peer support capacity. We also are committed to helping others across the United States in Catholic dioceses and other faith settings to tap their own experiences and wealth of spirit and heart to serve similarly – exponentially growing the availability of safehaven and care for survivors of abuse and their family members.

We work only where we have a relationship of trust with the presiding bishop, eparch, archbishop or other Church leader to whom we report directly.

Programs are tailored to goals and audience. Publications or webinars can be developed for individual communities. Options include on-site, online and video – or teleconferences. Our work includes care for all abuse survivors, focused first on those who have survived clergy abuse as a pathway to healing them and the Church.

Our experience is, however, that to make a church safe for survivors of clergy abuse is to create safety for all who have been abused and traumatized, so our work anticipates that opening of doors and hearts.

Spirit Fire is also honored to host and facilitate a regular Survivor Advisory Panel to provide a diversity of survivor voices commenting on a variety of topics, as requested by the Working Group 1 (focused on Survivor Outreach and Pastoral Care) for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Some examples of what we are doing or have done are provided in this section that discussed what we do.