Archbishop George J. Lucas prays for victims of sexual and other forms of abuse during a prayer service Dec. 5, 2017, at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.


Archdiocese to hold healing service in Columbus for those impacted by abuse

On May 22, Archbishop George J. Lucas will preside at a healing service at St. Bonaventure-Columbus at 7 p.m. The service will include a Litany of Healing, beautiful music, and the opportunity to pray silently or with another person. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow.

The Archdiocese of Omaha holds two healing services annually for those who have suffered abuse and those who know and love them. These are not Masses and people of all faiths are invited.

Bringing abuse to light in a Christ-centered environment is critical for people to begin healing, according to Mary Beth Hanus, director of the Archdiocese of Omaha’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office.

Hanus said these healing services are designed to provide hope, compassion and mercy to those most in need.

“This is something we are committed to having every year because it might take someone two years to get up the courage to come,” she said.

A healing service was held last month in Omaha.



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