MA--700 Sundays in a row, Boston clergy abuse vigil happens
Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday marks the 700th consecutive vigil held outside the Cathedral in Boston by an amazing group of caring individuals.
That’s no typo. They’ve been out there for 700 Sundays in a row.
Led by members of Speak Truth to Power, these brave, and compassionate souls have endured taunts and insults and tons of cold-shoulders from Catholic clerics, employees and church members. Why? Because their peaceful presence reminds people of the horror inflicted on thousands of children by clerics who committed and concealed heinous crimes.
These folks are heroes.
Who are these incredible activists? Among others, they are Paul Kellen ( 781-385-3628 email@example.com), Kathy Dwyer, Ruth Moore, Ken Scott, Bob Sidorowicz, Rosemary Morgan, RIchard Orareo, Eileen Doherty, Stan Doherty, Steve Sheehan, Sheldon Daley, Robert Costello, Lillian Albert, Steve Burke and Ben Murphy.
On behalf of survivors, we in SNAP salute them for their incredible witness for kids, for victims, for deterrence, for prevention and for truth.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
If you are looking to help spread the word about the importance of this summit and for survivors to be heard, add your voice to the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PBC2019. Be sure to follow SNAP on twitter and Facebook and share our posts, add your comments, and let the world know that we are watching!Learn More