Spirit Fire Broadcasting Event by Abuse Survivors

Spirit Fire, the survivors’ organization led by Teresa Pitt Green and Luis Torres, Jr. is planning a global conference consisting of a monthly broadcast aimed to educate and inform people on the topic. The full program is available here. The primary goal is victim assistance, helping people find support.

The videos will be offered digitally and can be viewed at any time. Here is a basic schedule for the conference:

February 14, 2021:

  • Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Cap.: Archbishop of Boston; President, Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors
  • Teresa Pitt Green and Luis A. Torres, Jr.: Spirit Fire Founders

February 21, 2021:

  • John Garvey: President, The Catholic University of America
  • Michael D. Hoffman: Spirit Fire Survivor and Co-Founder of The Healing Voices 

February 28, 2021:

  • World Tour of Danger Hot Spots (TBA)

March 7, 2021:

  • Safeguarding in the Church Universal with Fr. Hans Zollner, PhD: President Centre for Child Protection Pontifical Gregorian University

March 15, 2021:

  • A Brief History of Abuse in the Church with Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, PhD, DMin: School of Theology and Religious Studies The Catholic University of America

March 21, 2021:

  • Global Problem, Ecumenical Response (TBA)

March 28, 2021:

  • Latin and Hispanic Immigrants (TBA)

April 4, 2021:

  • Black and Native Americans (TBA)

April 11, 2021:

  • 1880s-1930s: Northern Europeans (TBA)

April 18, 2021:

  • Dialogue: Multicultural Parishes Diverse responses sensitive to culture, generational experiences, and faith traditions

April 25, 2021:

  • Trends & Incidence of Abuse of Minors Since World War II with Thomas Plante, Phd: Professor at Santa Clara University; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine

May 2, 2021:

  • Civic Organizations as Precursors of Child Protection, 1770s-1930s (TBA)

May 9, 2021:

  • Human Trafficking: Community Awareness as Main Defense Federal, state, local law enforcement and victim liaisons

May 16, 2021:

  • Research-Based Reasons Faith is Important for Recovery and Wellbeing with Tyler VanderWeele, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Harvard Chan School of Public Health; Director of the Human Flourishing Program; Co-Director of the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality Faith & Flourishing Conference

May 23, 2021:

  • Keep Kids Safe Victims Talk Recovering, & Faith Survivors share stories of escape, recovering, and faith

May 30, 2021:

  • Survey of Effective Youth Programs : The Top ten child and youth learning programs for families and parishes with Michael D. Hoffman, Spirit Fire Survivor and Child Protection Advocate
  • Faith Issues in Child Protection with Pat Neal: Executive Director of the Virtus Online Programs

June 6, 2021:

  • Smart Practices Keeping Kids Safe Online with Deacon Marques de Silva, Director of the Office of Child Protection and Victim Assistance in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia

To see the events of the summer and onward, please check the full schedule.