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Michael Hoffman


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Michael Hoffman is chairman of the Hope and Healing Committee, a clergy abuse survivor and the author of “Acts of Recovery.”

Blog posts by Michael Hoffman

  • Monday, April 04, 2016

    Raising Our Voices in Prayer and Song to Prevent Child Abuse

    Each year in April, the Archdiocese of Chicago acknowledges national child abuse prevention month by sponsoring a beautiful Prayer Service and Pinwheel Planting event. This year’s event, our 5th annual, is being held on Friday, April 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago, adjacent to 1080 Roosevelt Road in Chicago. There is ample parking in the St. Ignatius parking lot on Roosevelt and Racine. Schoolchildren from St. Angela, St. John de la Salle, St. Mary of the Woods, St. Thecla, St. Pius V, St. Ignatius College Prep and others, will raise their voices in prayer and song and plant the pinwheels for child abuse prevention in the Healing Garden. This is a dramatic visual display of public support for protecting all of God’s children from any kind of harm.

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  • Monday, October 19, 2015

    Mass for Hope and Healing

    Healing from the wounds of childhood sexual abuse is not easy. For the past 3 years, the Archdiocese of Chicago has sponsored a Mass for Hope and Healing, which is one of many ways the Archdiocese reaches out to all victims of childhood sexual abuse and their families as an aid to healing the pain. This year’s Mass was held on Saturday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Holy Family Church on Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Adult survivors of childhood abuse, priests and staff from the Archdiocese Office of Assistance Ministry, all played a role in planning this important liturgy.

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  • Monday, October 13, 2014

    A Personal Reflection on the Recent Mass of Atonement and Hope

    Childhood sexual abuse has affected our church very deeply. Healing from the wounds of abuse for individual victims and their families, as well as for our overall Church, has been and remains a focus for Cardinal George. His heartfelt desire to reach out to victims of clergy abuse as an aid to their healing was especially evident on Saturday October 4, at the Mass of Atonement and Hope at Holy Family church on Roosevelt Road in Chicago.

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  • 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.

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