We Believe You and Acknowledge Your Story
When members of the clergy or others representing the Catholic Church abuse someone, they violate a sacred trust.
To those who have been abused, we are truly sorry for the pain you and your loved ones have suffered.
We are committed to listening to you, addressing your needs and concerns, and doing all we can to prevent any more harm.
Taking that first, courageous step to report abuse is not easy. For many people, the strength to do so often comes after years of anguish, anger and a deep sense of betrayal.
We have partnered with a trusted local organization called Canvas Health to offer you a safe and compassionate place to come forward. Independent professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you in obtaining services such as professional counseling and pastoral care.
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, your first call should be to law enforcement. Click to learn more.
You are also encouraged to contact the archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Program at (651) 291-4475.
For confidential, compassionate assistance from an independent and professional local care provider, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, contact Canvas Health at (651) 291-4497.
Thomas L. Johnson, principal attorney at the Minneapolis law firm of Gray Plant Mooty, has volunteered to serve as the ombudsperson for anyone who has questions or concerns in regards to a sexual abuse case involving the Archdiocese. Mr. Johnson can be contacted directly at (612) 632-3207 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PRAYER FOR HEALING
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 though Christ our Lord, Amen.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops