Wounded Healers

Christ-Centered Healing & Hope After Child Sexual Abuse

This Day of Reflection explores the spiritual wounds, struggle, courage and resilience that follow in the wake of child sexual abuse among individuals, families, communities, our Church and the world.

Attendees focus on the healing role of storytelling, listening, words and grace in recovery. Scripture and Catholic traditions are the sources of inspiration for imagining a trauma-informed Christian witness and ministry. Practical tips and tools are provided, as well.

Our audience is ideally a blend of survivors, family members, priests, sisters and other ordained and lay Catholic ministers–and others who know or work with Catholic survivors or family members.

We gather for this Day of Reflection when a diocese decides to deepen and expand its pastoral care for the needs of survivors of abuse and family members, as has been envisioned in Article I of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.


Welcome & Opening

A welcome, and some housekeeping details for attendance.

Musical Interlude (five minutes)

Session 1: Storytelling

Storytelling is fundamental to Christian witness and evangelization. Survivors and family members, indeed all who have been harmed by abuse, have a faith story to share. Listening to a faith story requires trauma-informed knowledge and gentle guidelines to foster a relationship capable of fostering a spiritual breakthrough.

Session 2: Words

Faith and faith stories rely on words. Abuse relies on lies. Survivors of abuse exhibit a reasonable distrust of all words as possible lies. How can spiritual healing proceed? Introducing the perfect and incorruptible Word in Christian witness and in faith stories creates a powerful foundation on which to build, bit by bit, trust.

Lunch Break

Quick Tips

A run through of do’s and don’ts for a trauma-informed Christian witness to survivors and their families

Musical Interlude (five minutes)

Session 3: Wounded Healers

A brief summation reminds us of the wisdom Henri Nouwen imparted regarding the call to be wounded healers. This is true for survivors, family members and all others harmed by the wounds of abuse.

Closing Prayer

This program is lead by Teresa.

Scheduled Events

This event offers limited seating. If you would like to request an invitation, please contact Teresa

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