safe environment

Spiritual Resources for Healing

In collaboration with the Office of Divine Worship, the Safe Environment Office offers resources to parishes in the diocese for Healing Masses. This is yet another form of outreach to those who have been abused or know victims of abuse.

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Support Services

If you are a survivor or family member of a survivor we will help you to obtain support by providing a variety of resources that will help you in the event you have experienced ministry-related abuse. The Safe Environment Office of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester offers:

  • Information about spiritual directors
  • Name of advocates
  • Information about counseling through individual/group counseling, therapy and/or support.
  • Options for financial resources for insurance co-pays, etc.


Victims of Abuse

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.