Conference: Accountability, Healing, and Trust

Conversations in Theology, Psychology, and Law for the Life of the Church

March 3–5, 2022 

University of Notre Dame
McKenna Hall Conference Center

This conference will explore practical strategies to increase accountability, promote healing, and rebuild trust in the life of the Catholic Church in the aftermath of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Its focus will be on the needs of local parishes, their leaders and staff, including educators in Catholic schools. The conference will also explore the intersection of parish life and the formation of ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in seminaries, dioceses, and Catholic universities. Scholars of theology, psychology and law will present recent research on these issues in conversation with those working in ministerial settings who have developed approaches and practical programs to address the needs of Catholic parishioners, students, and Church leaders during these challenging times. 

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The links below take you to the video recordings for the events

Keynote Panel March 3: Framing Questions and Ecclesial Contexts (Rev. Gerard McGlone, S.J., Georgetown, Myriam Wijlens, University of Erfurt / Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Jennifer Beste, College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University)

Learning From Survivors and Vulnerable Communities (Marcus Mescher, Xavier University, Elizabeth Pulido Hernandez, St. Catherine University, Sarah Gallagher, University of Notre Dame)

Parish and Educational Ministry in the Aftermath of Abuse (Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C, University of Notre Dame, Anselma Dolcich-Ashley, University of Notre Dame, Eric Styles, University of Notre Dame)

Preaching in and for a Wounded Community (Deborah Organ, University of St. Thomas, Rev. Ronald Raab, C.S.C., Sacred Heart Parish, Colorado Springs, CO, Rev. Kenneth Schmidt, Trauma Recovery Associates, Diocese of Kalamazoo, MI)

Formation for Ministry in Seminaries and Universities (Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Stacey Noem, University of Notre Dame, Deacon James Keating, Kenrick Glennon Seminary)

Faith Formation, Moral Formation, Ecclesial Formation (Sara Larson, Awake Milwaukee, Michael Rubbelke, St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Melanie Barrett, University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary)

Moral and Spiritual Formation of Young People (Marcus Mescher, Xavier University, Mary Catherine McDonald, Saint Joseph Parish, South Bend, IN, David Clairmont, University of Notre Dame)

Keynote Panel March 4: Sacramental Life and the Challenges of Healing (Rev. Bruce Morrill, S.J., Vanderbilt University, Kimberly Hope Belcher, University of Notre Dame, J. J. Wright, University of Notre Dame)

Lessons from Fellow Christians for Ministry in the Church (Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Hilary Jerome Scarsella, Into Account / Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Mark Roosien, Yale University)

Lesson from Lawyers for Ministry in the Church (Patrick J. Wall, Jeff Anderson & Associates, St. Paul, MN, Mary Glowaski, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Rev. John Paul Kimes, University of Notre Dame)

Lessons from Psychologists for Ministry in the Church (Susan Feathergill, Feathergill and Associates, Mishawaka, IN, Br. John Mark Falkenhain, O.S.B., Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Rev. Kenneth Schmidt, Trauma Recovery Associates, Diocese of Kalamazoo, MI)

Keynote Panel March 5: Truth-telling, Healing, and Restoring Trust in the Church: Envisioning Inter-disciplinary Support for Pastoral Care in the Aftermath of Abuse (Julia Feder, Creighton University, Peter Capretto, Phillips Seminary, Patrick J. Wall, Jeff Anderson & Associates, St. Paul, MN)