Abuse victim finds healing in prayer, art

Catholic Register

November 28, 2015

WINDSOR, ONT. – Deborah Kloos believes that healing can come not just through prayer but art.

More than three decades ago the Windsor woman experienced abuse by a parish priest in southwestern Ontario, a man who is now deceased and whose name she doesn’t want to disclose so as not to embarrass his family.

“I didn’t put his name out there because he was elderly. He’s passed away now. I don’t want to have his family hurt,” she said.

Kloos has been seeking, first through the Diocese of London, and eventually all the way to the Vatican, a worldwide day of prayer to be established for victims of abuse.

“There’s a lot of negativity with abuse and I just wanted to bring something positive, like to promote the Church to pray together for people wounded by abuse,” said Kloos.

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