What is Healing Our Church?

Healing Our Church is a six-week process for participants, the faithful in the pews who wish to learn more about how the Church is responding to the crisis. The Parish Coordinating Team and Small- Group Facilitators will also engage in a preparation period. The sessions are: Facing The Truth, Healing Our Wounds, Rebuilding Our Church, Why Do I Remain A Catholic?, A Way Forward.

For additional information and resources, contact MilissaE@renewintl.org (English) or Ruthb@renewintl.org (Spanish).

Diocesan Statement Faith Sharing Groups Bilingual

How to Report Allegations of Sex Abuse

Victim Assistance

Key Points of Diocesan Policy – English

Renew International — Healing Our Church
Listen to Sr. Kathy Adamski’s Interview with Catholic Radio
Healing Our Church Counseling Resources

Healing Our Church Sessions Resume!

Renew is pleased to announce an opportunity for participating in and completing Healing Our Church/Sanando Nuestra Iglesia, a small-group program created by RENEW International to help the faithful deal with the sexual-abuse crisis and move toward healing and renewed discipleship. Unfortunately, most participating parishes were not able to finish this past Lent due to Covid-19. Therefore, we are happy to offer the following opportunity for the faithful, regardless of whether your parish formally participated:

  • Virtual Healing Our Church Small Groups led by RENEW staff on Wednesdays at 7pm beginning October 14th. You can participate in the entire Healing Our Church process (six sessions in English) or start with one of the later sessions if you already completed some. Please click here to register. You will also need a book to participate, which can be purchased here.

If you have questions about the fall virtual Healing Our Church faith-sharing sessions, please contact RENEW International staff member Paul Krenzelok at 908-769-5400 x119, paulk@renewintl.org.

A Message from Sr. Terry about COVID-19

Posted by RENEW International on Mar 18, 2020 9:38:46 AM

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Dear Friends of RENEW,

These are trying times, to be sure. Coronavirus has affected our lives, personally and globally, in unprecedented ways that require difficult, practical acts of compassion and generosity by all. The RENEW team and I offer our prayers and support during these unsettling days. The challenges and complexities of this virus and all its ramifications for our health, on our emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and on our financial security can be overwhelming. Yet, we are people of hope, grounded in the faith that God is always with us. We also have each other, and we need to help each other through this time. We may be practicing social distancing, but our hearts and spirits need to be in solidarity and communion.

Please take deep breaths, pray, talk with friends and family often, reach out to members of your small group and to other parishioners, and do acts of kindness that have the power to save lives.

Last week a friend was getting out of her car in the parking lot of the local supermarket. An elderly couple called to her from their car window. They asked her if she would take their $40 and their shopping list and pick up some groceries. They were terrified to enter the crowded store and possibly catch the virus. My friend reassured them and gladly picked up their items. All over the world people are helping their neighbors in new ways amid this pandemic. This is an opportunity to be our best selves for God and for our neighbor.

Please join me daily in praying the RENEW Prayer Amid a Pandemic. In addition, please take advantage of the many resources RENEW is offering to help parishes, small groups, and individuals face this crisis with hope in our loving God. More information on these resources can be found below and on our EVENTS & WORKSHOPS page.


—Sr. Terry Rickard, President and Executive Director of RENEW International

Parish Resources

Healing Our Church Brochure English
Healing Our Church Brochure Spanish
The Role of Small Group Facilitators English
The Role of Small Group Facilitators Spanish
The Role of the Parish Core Team English
The Role of the Parish Coordinating Team Spanish
Parish Core Team Training Session in English
Parish Core Team Training Session in Spanish
View a Healing Our Church Information Session in English
View a Healing Our Church Information Session in Spanish
Sample Bulletin Announcement January 2020
Information and Training Sessions Schedule

Session Resources

General and Session Resources from Renew Intl.

Click here for Sessions Resource document

Pre-Program Participant Survey English
Pre-Program Participant Survey Spanish