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The purpose of the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator is to reach out in healing to those who have been sexually abused as minors or adults, and those who have been impacted secondarily, by anyone serving the Province in ministry, employment, or in a volunteer position, whether the sexual abuse was recent or occurred many years ago. There is also a commitment to the pastoral and spiritual care of parishioners in the Province who have been affected by the sexual misconduct. 

The Pastoral Outreach Coordinator has three primary areas of responsibility: 

  • receiving complaints of sexual misconduct and initiating the process to respond to such complaints; 
  • offering pastoral assistance to those who suffered abuse and managing the ongoing care offered to them; 
  • managing ongoing pastoral outreach and education to primary and secondary victims, including parish and community members and the Franciscan community.