Parishes plan events on abuse crisis

Record Staff Report

St. William Church and the Church of the Epiphany are planning events focused on the clerical sexual abuse crisis.

St. William, 1226 W. Oak St., will host a “Convocation of the Faithful” to discuss the church’s sexual abuse crisis on Feb. 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The convocation, sponsored by the parish and other religious communities, is meant to complement a global summit on the topic planned at the Vatican Feb. 21-24, according to an announcement about the local event.

The convocation at St. William aims to bring people together in prayer and dialogue “to create a safe space to discern together a path toward healing and transformation,” the announcement said.

A suggested donation for the convocation is $10, but scholarships are available. Checks may be made to St. William. To register, email

Epiphany’s Men of Epiphany ministry will host a discussion on March 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. about restoring trust.

Dr. Jim Shields, a licensed clinical psychologist, will address healing the survivors. Martine Siegel, director of Counseling Services and victim assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville will discuss restoring trust. Cal Pfeifer, business owner and volunteer leader with Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will speak about engaging the laity.

A panel discussion will follow and will include time for questions and answers. Attorney Gretchen Hunt, director of the Office of Victims’ Advocacy with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, will join the panel discussion.

For more information, contact Brayton Bowen at 558-2154 or Ron Hagedorn at 445-6597.

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