Who would benefit? • Keynote speaker • Venue • Fees • Register • Archbishop’s endorsement • Spread the word
Why are we having this conference?
This conference is being held by the healing violence committee of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. The healing violence committee has written an article about the confusion and suffering that prompted this conference.
Who would benefit from attending?
This conference is for anyone who has felt the effects of the crisis of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic church, and the denial and secrecy that has often accompanied it. That includes:
- All members of the Catholic church: laity, sisters, priests, deacons, seminarians
- All involved in Catholic organizations
- Those in counselling roles who work with people affected by this crisis
- Anyone experiencing the shame of this crisis
- Those who have experienced a loss of trust in church leadership, even a loss of faith, and who find themselves apart from the church
The sexual abuse of children and youth by Roman Catholic clergy is the most significant crisis in the history of the modern Church.
Sr. Nuala Kenny is a physician — a paediatrician — who has walked through the clergy sexual abuse crisis in Canada from the beginning of the public revelations. She was a member of the special archdiocesan commission in St. John’s Newfoundland, looking into the sexual sexual abuse in the Irish Christian Brother’s Mount Cashel Orphanage. She writes that one of the assumptions of the ‘Winter Commission, in 1990, was that occurrences were rare and isolated could no longer be sustained. They were wrong, she says. And through more participation in enquiries — and being rocked by more revelations — she came to see that there is a hunger to speak of this openly in order to respond to the spiritual conversion and transformation to which this crisis calls us. She has since written the book Healing the Church: Diagnosing and Treating the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis. And with the support of her religious congregation, the Sisters of Charity, she has been offering workshops to dioceses throughout Canada, and down into the States as well.
Sr. Nuala using her medical training as the approach to this crisis, which she calls a turning point. She works with groups to name the problem, diagnose it properly, and create a prescription for healing and change. Her approach is open and honest — she talks about the crisis in a straightforward manner, naming its truth — but it’s also hopeful.
I am convinced it is a time of healing and purification. We can make that happen only by being open to the Spirit; only if we “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5)
We have a significant early bird discount for individuals and groups to encourage early registration! Everything closes down in the summer and we’d like to know who is coming before that happens. So please, take advantage and register early. Early bird cut-off is June 30.
Single registration: $25 before June 30 / $40 after
Group registration: $20 for each person in a group of five or more. This discount ends on June 30.
LUNCH INCLUDED in all registrations
All fees must be paid in advance, by cash, cheque or money order. Cheques can be made to the Sisters of Providence and mailed to:
Providence Spirituality Centre
P.O. Box 427
Please drop off cash payment rather than putting it in the mail. Please call 613-542-8826 to pre-arrange time due to a secure entrance at the Providence Spirituality Centre, 1200 Princess Street, Kingston.
The conference will be held at the Providence Spirituality Centre which is connected to the Sisters of Providence Motherhouse at 1200 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. It is an accessible building.
There are three ways to register:
- Use this online form. It will direct you for a single registration, multiple registrations, or for a group discount on registrations of five or more, if signed up by June 30. Payment must be made separately — please see payment options above.
- By email
- Phone: 613-542-8826
Endorsement of Kingston Archbishop Brendan O’Brien:
On September 12, 2015, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul are holding a conference at their Motherhouse in Kingston entitled Healing the Church: Addressing the Clergy Sexual Crisis.
They have discussed this initiative with me, and I am pleased to support their efforts to deal with an issue that is very painful for many people.
Sister Nuala Kenny, the keynote speaker, has had many years of experience with this subject. Her objective is to promote inclusion and healing for the greater good of all.
You can find out more about this conference at providence.ca/healingthechurch.
+ Brendan M. O’Brien
Archbishop of Kingston
Spread the word
Please let others know about the conference — and ask them to register early!