Holy Name Cathedral Opens New Healing Ministry

Sep 27, 2019 123

As the Catholic Church reels from headlines of abuse, Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral looks to focus on healing by opening a chapter of the Maria Goretti Network and offering support to survivors of abuse.  The network was named for an 11-year-old Italian girl who died from her abuse more than 100 years ago. With help from chapters in Houston and Seattle, Holy Name reached out to those abused by priests and others and held its first meeting Monday for survivors. 

"This is not just about clergy abuse," said Miguel Prats, manager of the Houston chapter. "Maria Goretti Network is for any victim of abuse." It was more than a dozen years ago that Chicagoan Mike Hoffman first told his then-parish priest, Fr. Greg Sakowicz, that he had been abused by a priest as a young boy. 

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SOURCE: https://www.nbcchicago.com

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