Victim Assistance

The first obligation of the Church with regard to victims is for healing and reconciliation. Dioceses and eparchies continue to reach out to every person who has been a victim of sexual abuse as a minor by anyone in church service, whether that abuse is recent or occurred in the past.

If you suffered abuse, it was not your fault. If you are a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Catholic Church, there are several things you can do:

  • Contact the appropriate law enforcement agency, which can help determine options for making a criminal complaint.
  • Contact a local child protection agency, a private attorney, a support group, an abuse hotline, or a mental health professional.
  • Contact a diocesan or eparchial victim assistance coordinator who is available to help victims/survivors make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese or eparchy. The Victim Assistance Coordinator is also available to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative and to obtain support for the needs of the individual and families.
  • If you believe someone is in imminent danger or this is a situation of current abuse involving a minor please call 911.
  • To report an allegation of abuse or mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse by a bishop please visit the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service website.

 

Victim Assistance Coordinators

Dioceses and Archdioceses

Coordinator

Phone

E-mail

Albany

Frederick Jones

518-453-6646

@email

Alexandria

Dr. Lee Kneipp

318-542-9805

@email
@email

Allentown

Wendy Krisak

800-791-9209

@email

Altoona-Johnstown

Jean Johnstone

814-944-9388

@email

Amarillo

Sharyn Delgado

806-671-4830

@email

Anchorage

Jenny Michaelson

907-297-7736

@email

Arlington

Frank Moncher

703-841-2530

@email

Atlanta

Sue Stubbs

404-920-7554

@email

Austin

Kathy McCormick

512-949-2400

EIM-VAC@austindiocese.org

Baker

Dr. Angelina Montoya

541-678-5652

@email

Baltimore

Sarah Gregorini

866-417-7469
410-547-5348

@email

Baton Rouge

Amy Cordon

225-242-0202

@email

Beaumont

Becky Richard

409-540-8479

@email

Belleville

Don Sax

618-722-5062

@email

Biloxi

Emily Cloud

228-424-7292

@email

Birmingham

Albert Manzella

205-969-8947

@email

Bismarck

Dale Eberle

701-204-7216

@email

Boise

Mark Raper

208-350-7560

@email

Boston

Vivian Soper

617-746-5995

@email

Bridgeport

Erin Neil, L.C.S.W.

203-650-3265
203-416-1406

@email

Brooklyn

Dcn. Jaime Cobham

718-623-5236

@email

Brownsville

Margie Garcia

956-784-5066 x466

@email

Buffalo

Jacqueline Joy

716-895-3010

@email

Burlington

Thomas Mott

866-485-2488

@email

Camden

Sylvia Loumeau LCSW

800-964-6588

@email

Charleston

Louisa Storen

800-921-8122

@email

Charlotte

David Harold

704-370-3363

@email

Cheyenne

Jean Chrostoski

307-638-1530

@email

Chicago

Nelly Bonilla

312-534-5205

@email

Cincinnati

Teresa Maley

513-263-6623

tmaley@catholiccinnati.org

Cleveland

Kathleen McComb

216-334-2999

@email

Colorado Springs

Angelle Schott
 

Edwin Ruiz-Huerta
 

719-866-6499

@email
 

 

Corpus Christi

Stephanie Bonilla

361-693-6686

@email

Columbus

Laura Lewis

614-241-2568

@email

Covington

Julie Feinauer

859-392-1515

@email

Crookston

Cindy Hulst, LCSW

218-281-7895

@email

Dallas

Barbara Landregan

214-379-2812

@email

Davenport

Alicia Owens, LBSW

563-349-5002

@email

Denver

Jim Langley, Psy. D. 

720-239-2832

@email

Des Moines

Samuel Porter

515-286-2015
515-720-5773

@email

Detroit

Tony Latarski

313-237-6060 or

866-343-8055

vac@aod.org

 

Dodge City

Donna Staab

620-792-2098
620-786-5785

@email

Dubuque

Dr. Thomas Ottavi

563-584-3000

@email

Duluth

Tab Baumgartner

218-249-5495

@email

El Paso

Susan Martinez, LCSW

915-872-8465

@email

Erie

Dr. Gerard Tobin

814-451-1521

@email

Evansville

Sylvia Groves

866-200-3004

@email

Fairbanks

Cynthia Klepaski

907-750-1132

@email

Fall River

Carolyn Shipp, LICSW

508-985-6508

@email

Fargo

Larry Bernhardt

701-356-7965

@email

Fort Wayne-South Bend

Mary L. Glowaski

260-399-1458

@email

Fort Worth

Catholic Charities Fort-Worth

817-602-5119
817-945-9345 (24 hour hot-line)

 

Fresno

Cheryl Sarkisian

559-488-7409

@email

Gallup

Elizabeth Terrill

505-906-7357

@email

Galveston-Houston

Diane Vines

713-654-5799

@email

Gary

Dr. Jean Nanos, Psy.D., HSPP

219-852-8588

@email

Gaylord

Larry LaCross

989-732-6761
989-705-9010 (hotline)
 

@email

Grand Island

Elizabeth Heidt Kozisek

308-382-6565
308-379-1949

@email

Grand Rapids

Allison Bush

231-740-8345

@email

Great Falls-Billings

Teresa Schmit

406-750-2373

@email

Green Bay

Courtney Coopman

920-272-8174

@email

Greensburg

Dr. Paul Niemiec, LPN

724-837-1840 x1655

@email

Harrisburg

Mark A. Totaro, Ph.D.

717-547-4804 x276

@email

Hartford

Kathleen Nowosadko

860-541-6475

@email

Helena

Helen Beausoleil

406-459-0513

@email

Honolulu

Lora Daniel

808-527-4604

lora.honjo@catholiccharitieshawaii.org

Houma-Thibodaux

Sr. Carmelita Centanni, MSC, Ph.D.

 985-850-3172

@email

Indianapolis

 

317-236-1548

@email

Jackson

Erika Rojas

601-326-3760

erika.rojas@catholiccharitiesjackson.org

Jefferson City

Jaqueline Baldwin

573-635-9127 x226

@email

Joliet

Lori Chassee

815-263-6467

@email

Juneau

Robbie Izzard

907-586-2227 x25

@email

Kalamazoo

Dcn. Patrick Hall

269-903-1075
269-744-3136

@email

Kansas City, KS

Kathleen Chastain

913-298-9244

@email

Kansas City-St. Joseph in MO

Whitney True-Francis

816-392-0011

@email

Knoxville

Marla Lenihan

865-482-1388

@email

La Crosse

Deacon Thomas Skemp

608-792-9684

@email

Lafayette in Louisiana

Joseph Pisano

337-298-2987

 

Lafayette in Indiana

Jackie Montrie

765-464-4988

 @email

Lake Charles

Rickard Newman

337-439-7246

@email

Lansing

Lisa Veenstra

888-308-6252

@email

Laredo

Romeo Rodriguez Jr. 

956-727-2140

@email

Las Cruces

Deacon Jim Winder

575-523-7577

@email

Las Vegas

Ronald Vallence

702-235-7723

@email

Lexington

Laura Napora

859-338-5695

@email

Lincoln

Jessica Compton-Crocker
 

402-613-2488

@email

Little Rock

Laura Gottsponer

501 664-0340 x425

@email

Los Angeles

Dr. Heather Banis

Dr. Teresa Celada Dalton

213-637-7650

213-637-7610

@email

@email

Louisville

Martine Siegel

502-636-1044

@email

Lubbock

Oscar Reyes

806-543-9178

@email

Madison

CJ Grahn

608-821-3162

candice.grahn@madisondiocese.org 

Manchester

Joseph P. Naff

603-669-3100

@email

Marquette

Steve Lynott
Diane Tryan

844-495-4330
844-694-4362

 

Memphis

Sandra Goldstein

901-373-1257

@email

Metuchen

Paule Galette, LCSW

732-324-8200

@email

Miami

Peter Routsis-Arroyo

866-802-2873

@email

Military Services

Dr. Eileen Dombo, LCSW

202-681-5069

@email

Milwaukee

Stephanie Delmore

414-758-2232

delmores@archmil.org

Mobile

Ginger Koppersmith

251-434-1559
251-438-4611

@email

Monterey

Ms. Sagrario Castillo

800-321-5220

 @email

Nashville

Vickie Lawson

615-939-0026

@email

New Orleans

Stephen Synan, F.M.S 

504-861-6253

@email

New Ulm

Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM

507-233-5313

@email
 

New York

Eileen Mulchay

646-794-2949

@email

Newark

Wendy Pierson

201-407-3256

@email

Norwich

Shauna Goodwin

860-346-0060

@email

Oakland

Kristina Molina

510-267-8334

@email

Ogdensburg

Terrianne Yanulavich

518-651-2267

@email

Oklahoma City

Jennifer Goodrich

405-720-9878

@email

Omaha

Mary Beth Hanus, LCSW

402-827-3798

@email

Orange

Sylvia Palda, LMFT

949-244-5781

@email

Orlando

Randy Means

407-913-1436

@email

Owensboro

Louanne Payne

270-683-1545

@email

Palm Beach

Lisa Linnell

561-775-9593

@email

@email 

Paterson

Dr. Kenneth McNiel

973-879-1489

@email

Peoria

Dr. Sharon Weiss

309-671-1550

309-677-7082 (hotline)

@email

Pensacola-Tallahassee

Msgr. Michael Reed

850-516-8890

@email

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Rebecca Hill

281-507-4142

 @email

Philadelphia

Leslie J. Davila

1-888-800-8780

@email

Phoenix

Anne Vargas-Leveriza, MS, LASAC

602-354-2396

@email

Pittsburgh

Laetitia Bridges

1-888-808-1235
(hotline)

lbridges@diopitt.org

Portland in Maine

Yvonne Chace

207-773-6471
x7817

@email

Portland in Oregon

Cathy Shannon

503-233-8302
503-416-8810 (private hotline)

@email
 

Providence             

Dr. Michael Hansen

401-946-0725

@email

Pueblo

Nancy Martinez

719-544-9861 ext 110

@email

Raleigh

Louise Dillon, MSW, LCSW

919-790-8533 x 28

@email

Rapid City

Barbara Scherr

605-209-3418

@email

Reno

Marilyn Janka
 

775-753-9542
 

 

Richmond

Karen Loper

804-622-5175

@email

Rochester

Deborah Housel

585-328-3228
x1555

@email

Rockford

Richard Parsons, LCPC

779-210-8698

@email

Rockville Centre

Mary F. McMahon

516-678-5800 x 573

@email

Sacramento

Loree Lippsmeyer

916-733-0142

@email

Saginaw

Cynthia Bublitze, LMSW

989-797-6682

@email

Salina

 

 

 

Salt Lake City

Sandy Growe

801-328-8641 x344

@email

San Angelo

Lori Hines

325-374-7609
325-642-8192

@email

San Antonio

Steve Martinez

210-734-7786

@email

San Bernardino

Sr. Rosaline O'Connor

909-855-2296

@email

San Diego

Mary Acosta

858-490-8353

@email

San Francisco

Rocio Rodriguez

415-614-5506

@email

San Jose

Griselda Cervantez, MSW

408-983-0225

@email

Santa Fe

Annette Klimka

505-831-8144

@email

Santa Rosa

Julie Sparacio

707-566-3308

@email

Savannah

Rosemary Downing

1-888-357-5330

@email

Scranton

Mary Beth Pacuska

570-862-7551

@email

Seattle

Denise Aubuchon

1-800-446-7762

@email

Shreveport

Mary Arcement LPC

318-584-2411

mkarcement@gmail.com

 

Sioux City

Angie Mack

712-279-5610

@email

Spokane

Roberta Smith

509-353-0442

@email

Sioux Falls

Twila Roman

605-988-3741

@email

Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Denise Essner, LCSW

Diana Harold, LCSW

573-334-2889

 

@email

 

Springfield in Illinois

Alison Smith

217-698-8500 ext.162

@email

Springfield in Massachusetts

Dr. Jeffrey Trant

413-452-0624

@email

St. Augustine

Tina Nugent

 

904-262-3200 ext. 119

Abuse Hotline 904-208-6979

1-800-775-4659 ext. 297

@email

 

St. Cloud

Roxann Storms

320-248-1563

@email

St. Louis

Carol Brescia, MSW, LCSW

314-378-3627

@email

St. Paul and Minneapolis

Paul Iovino

651-291-4475

@email

St. Petersburg

John Lambert, LCSW

866-407-4505

@email

St. Thomas, VI

Dr. Gloria Callwood (St. Thomas/St. John)

Dr. Gloria Mendes (St. Croix)

340-693-1291
340-9980-9613

340-773-3322
340-643-2859

@email

 


@email 

Steubenville

Rev. James M. Dunfee

740-282-3631

@email

Stockton

Cynthia Dragun

209-466-0636

@email

Superior

Kathy Drinkwine

715-718-1110
715-394-0216

@email

Syracuse

Jacqueline Bressette

315-470-1465

@email

Toledo

Kathy Didion

419-244-6711
x4880

kdidion7@gmail.com

Trenton

Maureen Fitzsimmons

609-403-7129

@email

Tucson

Paul Sayre

520-838-2513

psayre@diocesetucson.org

Tulsa

Donna Eurich

918-307-4970

@email

Tyler

Ariseli Lara

903-534-1077 x 150

@email

Venice

Susan Benton

941-416-6114

@email

Victoria

Vicki L. Pyatt, LMSW

Shannon Thomas LMSW

361-827-7186

 

361-573-0828 x2250

@email

Washington

Courtney Chase

301-853-5302

@email

Wheeling-Charleston

Dr. Patricia M. Bailey, Ph.D.

304-242-6988

@email

Wichita

Sandy Lessor

316-440-1757

@email

Wilmington

Michael D. Connelly

302-295-0668

@email

Winona - Rochester

Sarah Vetter

507-454-2270
x255

@email

Worcester

Judith Audette

508-929-4363

@email

Yakima

Leanne LaBissoniere

509-367-5291

@email

Youngstown

Dominic Colucy


330-744-8451
 

dcolucy@youngstowndiocese.org

Eparchies and Archeparchies

Coordinator

Phone

Email

Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix (Arizona)

Dr. Caroline Bonham

505-314-3943

@email

Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Maronite (California) 

Laura Kahwaji, PsyD

323-428-6815

@email

Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, San Diego (California)

Fr. Ankido Sipo

619-579-7997

@email

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford (Connecticut) 

Fr. Peter Shyska

646-256-6360

@email

Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians (Illinois) 

Petro Rudka

773-276-5080

@email

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago (Illinois) 

Paul Vadakara

708-307-1122

@email


 

Eparchy of Newton, Our Lady of the Annunciation (Massachusetts) 

Fr. Paul Leonarcyzk 

617-323-9922

@email

Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit (Michigan) 

Janan Senawi

248-789-7458

@email

Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic (New Jersey)

Dr. Maureen Daddona

516-623-6456 

@email

Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the US (New Jersey) 

Dr. Mufid Al-Najaar, M.D. 

201-583-1067

248-642-3388 

@email

Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg (New York) 

Sr. Ellen Patricia Finn, O.P., M.ed, LMSW 

718-722-6050 

@email

Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn (New York) 

Rosanna Solomon

617-522-0225

@email

St. Mary, Queen of Peace Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA and Canada (New York)

Msgr. Peter Kochery

732-245-1840

 

Eparchy of Parma, (Ohio) 

Dr. Sharon Petrus

330-958-9630 

 

Eparchy of St. George in Canton for the Romanians (Ohio) 

Ann Fosnaught

330-493-9355 

@email 

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat, Parma (Ohio) 

George Appleyard

814-908-0987

724-290-6561 

@email

Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)

Sr. Natalya Stoczanyn

  @email

Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)

Courtney Minerd

724-504-9588

412-231-4000
x22

@email

Mass of Prayer and Penance for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse

On June 14th, 2017, bishops from across the U.S. gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass was held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church. The bishops gathered together in solidarity to pray for victims and to acknowledge the pain caused by the failures of the Church in the past. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was the principal celebrant. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, of Atlanta, and former President of the USCCB, was the homilist. In addition to this specific Day of Prayer and Penance, many dioceses and eparchies also celebrated their own Masses within their own diocese/eparchy.

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Clips from the Mass for Healing and Reconciliation