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Michael Hoffman

About the Blogger

Michael Hoffman is the chairman of the Healing Garden planning committee, a group of clergy, abuse survivors, priests and staff members from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Assistance Ministry.

Blog posts by Michael Hoffman

  • Monday, January 24, 2011

    Acts of Recovery

    I call it, “Acts of Recovery”. Telling my wife of 17 years my story of childhood abuse has been, and remains, my primary Act of Recovery.  Going through the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Review Board process, and after all of this time, having Church personnel including Cardinal George believe me, is a very important Act of Recovery.  My larger family and my wonderful friends now know the story I had been holding back for so long.  And, as I continue to recover from the tragic and long-lasting effects of childhood abuse in my life, I consider it a great Act of Recovery to work with other childhood abuse victims/survivors, priests and staff from the Archdiocese to create a beautiful place of prayer, reflection, healing and reconciliation: The Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago.