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The Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach (OPSO), created in 2002, exists to provide assistance to those who were directly impacted by clergy abuse here in the Archdiocese of Boston. 

We have two social workers on staff who are here to listen and help in any way that we can.

Most people know that we take reports of abuse and pay for behavioral health treatment for those who were harmed. But we do much more:

  • Through OPSO those who were hurt can get ongoing pastoral support from our staff, wellness training, opportunities to share with others in similar situations, and connections with services through other community providers when needed.
  • We also provide services to parishes, schools, and the community. A project led by survivors brings a rosary for victims of abuse to parishes throughout the diocese. There are survivors who bring their stories to parishes to help people understand this problem through their perspective and to engage in discussions with parishioners and staff. We are expanding our peer support network to connect survivors and family members who are interested in meeting others who want to share their experience. We are available to the parishes and the community for education and open discussion. If you would like to bring the rosary or a discussion to your parish, please let us know.

If you were abused by clergy, we want to know, regardless of when the abuse took place.  To report abuse call the Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach at 617-746-5985. 
 
We also encourage you to report the abuse to law enforcement.  If the victim is under the age of 18, please also report the abuse to the Department of Children and Families. To find your local office, click here.

Sexual abuse of a child is an abhorrent crime. Any abuse of a child is horrific. It should never have happened, not anywhere in society and certainly not in the Catholic Church. But it did. That is something that we must never forget and must never ignore, not even for a moment. We must remain committed to helping those who were hurt and focused on preventing abuse now and in the future. No one person can solve this problem alone. The solution needs to come from the top down, the bottom up, and from all sides. To help those who were hurt and prevent abuse in the future, we all need to keep our eye on the issue. We must not give into the temptation to ignore it, hoping it will go away. Thank you and please call the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection at any time at 617-746-5985.

Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: 617-746-5985
Fax:  617-746-5989