Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Clergy Day Focuses on Understanding Trauma and Supporting Survivors

Coming together to share camaraderie and fellowship, priests throughout the Diocese gathered at the Diocesan Center on May 23 for the annual Clergy Day. After a morning session with Bishop Timothy Senior, who spoke of the upcoming 8 Days of Eucharistic Joy event in early June, the clergy heard from Reverend Kenneth Schmidt about providing ministry to survivors of trauma.

A priest from the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Father Schmidt is the director of the Trauma Recovery Program. This program, sponsored by the Diocese of Kalamazoo, is for people working through the impact of childhood abuse or neglect to help them understand why past traumas continue to impact them and steps they can take toward healing.

During his presentation to the Diocesan priests, Father Schmidt spoke about the impact of childhood trauma and why its effects are deep and long-lasting. By understanding the impact of trauma, we will have more empathy and compassion for survivors. He also shared information on how to support survivors when they share their story.

Look for full coverage of Father Schmidt’s presentation next week on our website.

(Photos by Chris Heisey and Rachel Bryson, The Catholic Witness.)

By Rachel Bryson, The Catholic Witness

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