Diocese To Hold Mass Of Hope And Healing

FAIRFIELD—The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted.

UPDATE 3/9: The Mass for Healing, Hope, and Reconciliation for Survivors of Sexual Abuse has been postponed due to the recent developments with the Coronavirus. It will be rescheduled at a later date. Information will be provided as soon as possible.

There are regularly scheduled gatherings in the Diocese of Bridgeport for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor, as well as any family members of survivors, to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse for friendship, prayer and for peer support.

If you are an adult survivor of sexual abuse as a minor by a priest or a family member and you would like to learn more about the Mass, the upcoming meetings and other resources that are available in our Diocese, please contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators: Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., 203.650.3265  or Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W.  203.241.0987

A special message from a mother of a victim of abuse by a priest

“I would like to invite you to join us at the Hope and Healing Mass. Its focus is on healing those who were victims of sexual abuse by clergy and also for those who were sexually abused by others, such as family members, neighbors, friends of the family, teachers, coaches, caregivers, and others. There will be survivors of abuse in attendance, counselors as well as parents of victims and family members of victims.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this Mass, please, please encourage them to join us. Our son was a victim of sexual abuse when he was only 11. Please also join us for refreshments immediately following the Mass. God Bless you all.”