Healing Garden

Hope and Healing Mass

The Office of Assistance Ministry was established in 1992 to provide healing and reconciliation to victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Over these years,  healing has included  individual therapy, couples therapy, support groups, substance abuse help, peace circles, prayer services and more. For the past six years, the Office of Assistance Ministry in collaboration with victims-survivors and clergy has hosted the Mass for Hope and Healing.

This year, the Mass for Hope and Healing will take place on October 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Fr. Michael Gabriel, pastor of Holy Family Church, and Fr. Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Church will be presiding over the Mass. Victim-survivor Michael Hoffman will do the welcome and victim-survivor Jim Richter will share final thoughts.

The Mass was an outgrowth of the creation of the Healing Garden, which was created as a place of healing for victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their families and all Catholics. The Healing Garden is located next door to Holy Family Church. 

“We believe that prayer, reflection, action and shared experiences can make the difference, promote healing, and provide hope. We welcome all of our brothers and sisters to celebrate the sacrament with us; priests, parishioners, Virtus trainers, survivors, friends, and all who minister to children and youth. We hope you can join us!” (Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, sexual abuse survivors