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In January, 2006, important structural changes took place regarding the review board created in 1994 by the Catholic religious Order of Friars Minor of the Province of St. Barbara (Franciscans), headquartered in Oakland, California. The board had been established to address clergy sexual abuse in the Order by overseeing the treatment and supervision of offenders and ministering to victims/survivors and their families. In 2006 this board was retired and a new structure was set in place.

As a result of these changes, the Office of Pastoral Outreach was created to help best serve those who have been hurt by this tragedy and to offer help to all victims and survivors. Its function is to assist all who have been wounded. Its goal is to facilitate healing.

The Office of Pastoral Outreach is staffed by the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator (POC), Angelica Jochim, MFT, a lay licensed psychotherapist. She is available to anyone requesting therapy, support, assistance and/or information. 

Current News

February 1, 2013

Bishop Curry of Santa Barbara Removed from Office / Cardinal Mahony Restricted from Pastoral Work

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February 1, 2013

Introduction and Complete Files Re: Clergy Sexual Abuse Released by L.A. Archdiocese

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July 22, 2011

Ceremony Honors Clergy Abuse Victims

On July 9, 2011, The Solidarity Project, a joint effort of SafeNet and community members of Santa Barbara, California, dedicated a memorial on the grounds of Mission Santa Barbara that honors all who have been wounded by the clergy abuse crisis.

To learn more click here.
To read the article in the the Santa Barbara Independent click here.

January 19, 2011

California Supreme Court Denies Franciscans' Petition

The California Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court decision unsealing the files of nine Franciscan friars accused of child sexual abuse. Thousands of pages of documents will be made public within weeks.

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To read the court documents click here.

October 1, 2010

Court of Appeals Upholds Order Releasing Franciscans' Records

A California appeal court today authorized the release of confidential files on Franciscan friars accused of sexual abuse. In upholding the trial court, a California 2nd District Court of Appeal panel held that the compelling social interest of protecting children outweighed the individual friars' privacy rights.

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To read the full court ruling click here.