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Office for Healing and Pastoral Care

Caring for the Sexually Abused

The Office for Healing and Pastoral Care provides services and support, promotes healing, and supports the emotional and spiritual well-being of survivors of sexual abuse in the Church. The Office also seeks to be a source of comfort and support for anyone who is a survivor of sexual abuse in any walk of life.

Through this office, the Diocese offers assistance to persons who seek healing as survivors of child sexual abuse by helping to establish and maintain effective relationships with counseling professionals and persons who can provide pastoral care in the Church. Services and assistance are provided in an accepting, caring and compassionate manner, and respect for the privacy of those who seek assistance is always maintained.

The support offered by the Office for Healing and Pastoral Care includes

Providing prompt, compassionate, professional response and follow-up to persons who make reports and to their family and friends

Offering referrals for counseling services and pastoral care

Facilitating pastoral interviews with the Bishop of Manchester

Coordinating appropriate pastoral responses to parishes affected by reports of sexual misconduct by a priest, deacon, or other minister from their community

Annual Masses for the healing of those affected by abuse

Prayer for victims through the Cry to Heaven program in parishes

Counseling services, provided by a therapist of a complainant’s own choice, are funded by the Diocese on a time limited basis with the goal of providing therapeutic support to complement other efforts toward healing and wholeness. A set reimbursement rate has been established for funding these services. When requested, individuals are offered assistance in their search for a licensed mental health professional and/or for a qualified person who can provide pastoral and spiritual care.

Diocese of Manchester Prayer Resources

Christ calls each of us to reach out to victims of abuse in their time of need. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to help, but one effective way of reaching out is through prayer. It is comforting to those who report abuse to know that others in the community have been praying for them.

Cry to Heaven Prayer Program

Cry to Heaven Prayer Program

The Cry to Heaven prayer program is a simple way of integrating prayer for victims and survivors of abuse into prayer groups that already exist at your parish or school.

The Diocese will provide you with the materials you need. If your parish or school prayer group or Eucharistic Adoration ministry is interested in participating in the Cry to Heaven prayer program, please contact Joseph Naff, MSW, Director of the Office for Healing and Pastoral Care at jnaff@rcbm.org (603) 669-3100 x110 for further information.

Cry to Heaven Materials:

Overview and Sample Bulletin Announcements

Prayer Cards for Intention of Victims of Abuse:
English | Spanish

A Rosary for Healing:

Download a printable rosary guide, which includes special intentions for victims and their families, to pray for those who have suffered from abuse.