On Oct. 13, the Diocese of Brooklyn will celebrate a special Mass. It’s a liturgy for survivors of sexual abuse, offering them a chance for hope and healing.
The first step in coping with sexual abuse in the church is to listen to the stories of victim-survivors, and that’s just what this Mass is.
It was requested by survivors and the Diocese of Brooklyn celebrates it every year. This the first time since the pandemic.
This year’s liturgy will also be the first for the diocese’s new Victim Assistance Coordinator, Elizabeth Harris. The retired NYPD detective worked with the Manhattan child abuse squad for over a decade.
“We hope that they can come together and see that there are people on their side that believe them and want to do better for them,” said Harris.
After the Mass at Resurrection Ascension in Rego Park, survivors will be able to speak with the Office of Protection of Children and Young People.
The Bishop of Brooklyn, Robert Brennan, will be the main celebrant and homilist.