VOTF to Host Author Dwyer

Woburn Advocate
November 22, 2006

Winchester -- Kathleen Dwyer, a survivor of incest and priest ritual, sexual and spiritual abuse as a child, will speak to Winchester Area Voice of the Faithful's weekly meeting on Monday, Dec. 4. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at St. Eulalia's Parish, 50 Ridge St., Winchester. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Dwyer is co-director of the Truth and Recognition Coalition and is a member of several of several other survivors of sexual abuse support groups. Ms. Dwyer is also an artist, poet and writer, and is a contributing author in the forthcoming book, "Predatory Priests The Sexual-Abuse Crisis and the Catholic Church."

The Truth and Recognition Coalition is a nonprofit organization that was formed to create a process for truth telling and to create a permanent verbal and visual historical record of the widespread crimes of sexual abuse by clergy. This will be the first formal introduction to The Truth and Recognition Coalition project. A videotape of Dwyer giving her testimony about her abuse will be shown as an example of the work that the coalition is in the process of recording. Ms. Dwyer will then speak about the TRC Project and she and other members of the coalition will be available to answer questions.

Winchester VOTF is a Catholic organization that has been meeting weekly on Monday evenings (holidays excluded) since May 13, 2002. Its goals are to support survivors of clergy abuse, to support priests of integrity, and to support structural change within the Catholic Church. Members of Winchester Area come from Winchester, Woburn and surrounding towns.

Bob Morris at 781-721-1399, or by e-mail at


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