Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger.
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger.

In recognition of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will celebrate a Mass of Hope and Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse at the Church of St. Mary in Clinton Heights on Thursday, April 29, at 12:15 p.m. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website: www.rcda.org.

“We want to accompany survivors of child sexual abuse on the path toward healing and to offer whatever resources we can to assist them along the way,” said Bishop Scharfenberger, who has made outreach to survivors a key part of his mission and ministry as Bishop of Albany. “We know this journey can be painful and challenging, and we want to remind survivors that they do not have to face it alone.”  

The Albany Diocese urges anyone who as a child was sexually abused by a Catholic priest or deacon to report the matter to a law enforcement agency or to the Diocese. To report an incident of abuse or to seek help, contact the Diocese’s Assistance Coordinator, Frederick Jones, at (518) 453-6646 or by email at assistance.coordinator@rcda.org.