Chicago, IL (September 11, 2012) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will mark the 10th anniversary of the Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People and its commitment to promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of childhood sexual abuse with a Mass celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, at the Healing Garden site at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, at 10 a.m., on Saturday, September 15.
The Mass will conclude with a blessing for the volunteer Virtus facilitators as they start the new school year by educating adults about the Charter's mandate to protect children and young people. Over 120,000 clerics, lay employees and volunteers of the Archdiocese of Chicago have attended the Protecting God’s Children for Adults/Virtus training and over 200,000 children have received safe environment training in Catholic schools and religious education classes.
The Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago (www.healinggardenchicago.org) was created by victims/survivors, clergy and Office for the Protection of Children and Youth staff to be a symbol that invites reconciliation, healing and eventual freedom, not only for the survivors and their families, but also for the larger family of the Catholic Church.
Additional information about the work of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, as well as direct links to the websites for the Children Matter Network and the Healing Garden, can be found on the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org.