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Part 4: Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – Transparency and Accountability of Lay-Led Advisory Boards

Today we examine Awake’s fourth and final set of recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, related to two advisory boards that provide advice to Archbishop Listecki on the topics of sexual abuse and the fitness of clergy members or lay ministers for ministry. We’ll spell out what we’re recommending to the archdiocese in part 4,… Read more “Part 4: Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – Transparency and Accountability of Lay-Led Advisory Boards”

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Part 3: Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – Proactive Steps to Prevent Abuse

This week we continue to explore Awake’s recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, developed to help our local church take next steps to address the evil of sexual abuse. Today we consider the third set of recommendations, which focus on unacceptable boundary violations that may set the stage for abuse. The complete set of recommendations… Read more “Part 3: Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – Proactive Steps to Prevent Abuse”

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Part 2: Awake’s Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – Keeping Adults Safe from Abuse

Today we take a closer look at Awake’s second set of recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, related to the sexual abuse of adults. The complete set of recommendations for our archdiocese are available here. As we shared in a blog post earlier this week, these recommendations come out of efforts to walk with and… Read more “Part 2: Awake’s Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – Keeping Adults Safe from Abuse”

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Awake Unveils Next-Step Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Today we at Awake Milwaukee begin sharing a series of recommendations that we developed to help our local Church take further steps to address the evil of sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has already taken important steps to ensure a safer Church, but more action is needed. We believe the best response to sexual… Read more “Awake Unveils Next-Step Recommendations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee”

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Survivor Story: Carol Longsdorf

“One of the most helpful things is working with a trauma therapist who has helped me understand why childhood trauma is so very difficult to uncover.” A wife and mother of eight from Forest Lake, Minnesota, Carol Longsdorf, 55, teaches second grade at a Catholic school. Her hobbies include golfing, especially with her husband, Paul,… Read more “Survivor Story: Carol Longsdorf”

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Survivors Respond as Rembert Weakland is Honored with Archdiocesan Funeral

Today the Archdiocese of Milwaukee holds a funeral Mass for former archbishop of Milwaukee Rembert Weakland, who died on August 22 at age 95. We at Awake know this may be a difficult day for many sexual abuse survivors and their loved ones, and the celebration of Weakland’s life may bring up strong, painful feelings.… Read more “Survivors Respond as Rembert Weakland is Honored with Archdiocesan Funeral”

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Awake Summer Prayer Service Celebrates the Beauty of Creation

Members of the Awake community gathered last week in a leafy clearing in Milwaukee’s Estabrook Park for a summer prayer service that included scripture, hymns, and poetry. Cathy Melesky Dante, Awake’s chaplain, began the event with a message of hope. “A lot of our work is understandably somber and heavy,” she said. “But this prayer… Read more “Awake Summer Prayer Service Celebrates the Beauty of Creation”

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Researchers Seek Information About Jesuit Daniel Kenney, “The Monkey Priest” with Milwaukee Connections

A group of academic researchers at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska has been working to gather information about Daniel Kenney, a popular Jesuit priest credibly accused of sexually abusing boys who attended Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha between 1965 and 1989. Kenney’s career also included multiple periods in Milwaukee.   In addition to collecting specifics about… Read more “Researchers Seek Information About Jesuit Daniel Kenney, “The Monkey Priest” with Milwaukee Connections”

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After Pope Francis’s Apology to Indigenous People in Canada, What Happens Next?

Last week Pope Francis made a six-day apostolic visit to Canada, where he met with leaders of Indigenous communities and apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in federally funded residential schools. Roughly 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada were forced to attend these schools, which operated from about the mid-1800s until the mid-1990s. Commonly described as… Read more “After Pope Francis’s Apology to Indigenous People in Canada, What Happens Next?”

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