The Listening Session

A Word from Bishop Sanchez

On Tuesday February 19, 2019, parishioners from our parish and Our Lady of the Angelus and Our Lady of Mercy gathered to hear, comment, and question how our diocese has responded to the sexual abuse crisis and current reported incidents.

Jasmine Salazar, head of the diocesan Office of Victim Assistance, spoke about the Victims Reporting Hotline, her outreach to victim/survivors, and the emotional, psychological and financial help offered to them. Two survivors (and Diocesan Survivors Advisory
Board members) shared their own stories of healing and hope. Mary Ellen Quinn, head of the Office of Safe Environment, explained how all employees, volunteers, and children are required to attend tailored training workshops and adults undergo background screening before and during their working or volunteering in our Church institutions.

The meeting providentially took place a few days after our diocese had released the names of 108 diocesan priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse with a minor. In releasing these names, Bishop DiMarzio stated, “It is my hope that the publishing of this list will provide some assistance to those who are continuing the difficult process of healing, as well as encourage other victims to come forward. . . . We as a Diocese are committed to remaining vigilant against such abuse.”

Let us continue to pray for all whose lives have been impacted by this destructive problem.