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Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry to Sponsor Group Program

Chicago, IL (March 6, 2009) - The Archdiocese of Chicago and the Office of Assistance Ministry will sponsor a program for family members of those who have been sexually abused as children by priests or deacons of the Catholic Church. The four-session, Saturday morning program begins March 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 North Rush Street in Chicago. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker will conduct the group at no cost to the participants.

The 90-minute sessions will include open discussion and sharing among participants and information about topics, including how the abuse affects the family, the healing process, long-term effects of sexual abuse on victims and their families and reestablishing trust, communication, affection and hope.

Those interested in attending the sessions are asked to call or email Kathleen Leggdas at 312-534-5268, or Matt Hunnicutt at 312-534-8267,

The Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry’s mission is t o provide pastoral care, support, and resources to victims-survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing. For information about the Office of Assistance Ministry visit the Department’s page on the Archdiocesan web site at

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