Office of Safe Environments • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL

The Diocese of Bridgeport Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized as a minor by someone representing the Catholic Church.

We will listen to your needs and support you. We will help you with a referral for counseling if you choose.

We will help you to make a formal complaint to civil authorities. We will arrange a personal meeting with the bishop, or his delegate, if desired.

We encourage you to call to learn more about upcoming healing events in our Diocese.
 
 
Erin Neil, L.C.S.W, Victim Assistance Coordinator | (203) 650-3265
Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W., Victim Assistance Counselor | (203) 241-0987
CT Child Abuse and Neglect Care-line (Mandated Reporters are required to report within 12-hours) | 1-800-842-2288


PRAYER FOR VICTIMS

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


2017 MASS OF HOPE AND HEALING
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29, 2017
2:00 P.M.
St. Anthony of Padua Church

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. The Mass will be held on October 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Anthony of Padua Church located at 149 South Pine Creek Rd, Fairfield, CT. Light Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass.

There will be two upcoming gatherings for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear from you, your input is important to us.

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Wednesday January 10, 2018 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Location: The Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport CT

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, 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
Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W. (203) 241-0987

Licensed clinical social workers and members of our committee for healing are available before and after the Mass to meet or speak with abuse survivors, family members, or anyone who would like to talk.