National Catholic Partners for
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Catholic Partners Co-Chairs:
Dr. Sharon O'Brien, Director, Catholics For Family Peace
Dr. Julia Dezelski, Assistant Director USCCB Office of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Since 2017, CFFP has gathered leaders of Diocesan and Catholic Organizations to address the issue with special focus to do events in Observance of DVAM. More than 14 dioceses and 21 lay organizations are represented.
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to learn how Catholic dioceses and organizations are promoting awareness and responding to Domestic Abuse.
HOW TO REQUEST A DVAM MASS IN YOUR PARISH OR DIOCESE: SAMPLE LETTER
2023 DVAM Vigil Mass
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC.
October 7, 2023 at 4:30 pm
Presider and Homilist:
Msgr. Charles V. Antonicelli, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Washington, DC
"In the wake of domestic violence is left wounded, broken people who may experience extreme stress, depression, rage, or an inability to trust. Or they may be paralyzed by fear, feeling unable to get out of the situation. Those who are subjected to abuse may even blame themselves, while perpetrators may seek to justify it. But let us be clear on this: neither case is true. Domestic violence can never be justified, and its victims never deserve it.
Instead, our response as a people and in the Church to domestic violence must be one of personal outreach and patient accompaniment."
Read the full text of the homily.
Listen to the homily.