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April 26: Day of Prayer in Atonement for those Harmed by Sexual Abuse

April 26

It’s an important step for the Church to publicly profess its apology for the harm caused to victim-survivors by their perpetrators and the mishandling of the abuse within the Church.” Whitney True-Francis, victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

April 26 | Day of Prayer in Atonement for those Harmed by Sexual Abuse

Each year since 2017, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph sets aside one day during Child Abuse Prevention Month devoted to prayer in atonement for those harmed by sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. This started with the Service of Lament in 2016, where Bishop James Johnston made five commitments to the people of the diocese which included naming April 26 as an Annual Day of Prayer. Bishop Johnston will celebrate Mass on April 26, 2022, at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to which the entire community is invited.


Many events and expressions of atonement, support and educational awareness are planned throughout the month in our diocese as we all journey together along the path of healing and hope.

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April 26 | Diocese Day of Prayer in Atonement for Those Harmed by Sexual Abuse

 

April 27: Vision of Hope Art Show

Featuring art by junior high students from diocesan schools—Wednesday April 27th in the Cardinal Baum room at the Catholic Center.

 

April 27: Survivor Gathering – Survivors are invited to gather and share poems, stories, songs, art or other things that help or to listen as others share. Please RSVP to Whitney True-Francis at journeytobethany@gmail.com for location details.

 

During April: Traveling Pinwheel Garden

The pinwheel is the symbol of child abuse prevention because, by its very nature, it connotes playfulness, joy, and childhood. For survivors of clergy sexual abuse in our diocese, the innocence of childhood was replaced by shame and fear. With this traveling display we hope to honor survivors and let them know that there are people who care about them.

For more events, details and links visit journeytobethany.org/pinwheels


Meet the Office of Child and Youth Protection

If you experienced sexual abuse as a minor by a member of Catholic clergy, religious or Church volunteer, please consider making a report. Contact Independent Ombudsman Joe Crayon at crayon@ombudsmankcsj.org.

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