By Christie L. Chicoine
CS&T Staff Writer
Victims of child sexual abuse are remembered in a prayerful way through a rosary guide for healing and protection, one of many resources available through the web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection.
“The prayer reflections for the mysteries of the rosary offer a reminder of the wounds that are inflicted on victims of child sexual abuse,” said Evelyn Brannan Tarpey, the safe environment coordinator for the archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection. “From their pain, we recognize the ongoing need to protect children from this evil.”
In addition to the rosary guide, the secretariat provides a child abuse prevention blessing and a prayer for healing victims of abuse.
“In using these prayer resources, I ask everyone to pray for God’s continued grace and guidance in all that is being done to bring healing to those who have been abused, to restore trust among the faithful and to keep children safe,” Tarpey said.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. “Awareness and education are key to the prevention of child sexual abuse,” added Tarpey.
To learn more about how to help protect children, Tarpey recommends visiting the U.S. Bishops’ web site at usccb.org. The web site includes numerous articles about child safety, including “What Parents Need to Know to Keep Children Safe,” “Protecting Youth on the Internet,” “How to React to Reports of Child Sexual Abuse,” “Healing: A Slow, Steady Process” and “Protecting Children: The Job Goes On.”
Among the contributors is an FBI agent who now heads a consulting firm specializing in crimes against children; a consultant for INTERPOL and other agencies on child abuse investigative techniques; and the executive director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.
For more information about victim assistance and safe environment programs in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, visit archphila.org.
CS&T Staff Writer Christie L. Chicoine may be reached at (215) 587-2468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PREVIOUS: Capital campaign hits benchmark on Palm Sunday
NEXT: Beloved Bishop McDevitt teacher dies at 64
Share this story