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.


2018 MASS OF HOPE AND HEALING
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018
2:00 P.M.

St. Francis of Assisi 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 November 18, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Francis of Assisi located at 35 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883. Light Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass.

There are regularly scheduled 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 for friendship, prayer and peer support.

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about this Mass, the upcoming gatherings, and 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.

We hope to hear from you, you are very important to us.