The position of victim assistance coordinator was established in the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the sexual abuse crisis that exploded in 2002.
Anne Donahue is a woman who has always wanted to help. She was a good listener, she said; she was told she had a compassionate ear.
So, a few years ago, when her Roman Catholic parish, Sacred Heart in Southbury, began a program that sent lay people to minister to those enduring trying emotional times, she signed up.
“I have a large family,” said Donahue. “I keep thinking of the fact that some people have nobody and, to me, it is just an overwhelming concept how sad that is. People such as that have to depend on a neighbor or neighbors. It has bothered me.”
Donahue is one of an estimated 40... Read more about Ministers lend an ear to those dealing with hardships