The Maria Goretti Network family reaches out to abuse victims, their families, and to those who support our recovery, with God's love as witnessed in the life of Maria Goretti.
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"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."......................................M.L.King
Looking for a worthwhile cause to get involved in in 2015?
Help start a Maria Goretti Network chapter in the Galveston-Mainland Deanery. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Galveston-Mainland Deanery includes all parishes in Galveston, Hitchcock, Texas City, Santa Fe, League City, Dickinson, and Friendswood. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of others and your own life, please contact us at the e-mail address above.
The MGN was founded in 2004 by Catholic survivors of sexual abuse. We are a 501(c)(3) faith-based, non-profit, self-help support network for victims of abuse.
It doesn't matter if the abuse was physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual or mental. It does not matter who the abuser was. No matter if it was a relative, a friend, a spouse, a priest, a nun, a minister, a rabbi or a stranger, we welcome you. MGN is for all victims of abuse. We are not after money. Money is irrelevant when your soul has been destroyed. We are not out for revenge. We have found that the hate and anger towards those who harmed us prevents us from a full recovery. We leave vengeance to God.
We welcome everyone, no matter what their religious affiliation or lack thereof. We are primarily made up of Christians who seek to bring healing through the ministry of Jesus Christ. We as victims feel called by Jesus to help in practical ways. We refuse to sit idly by while so many are hurting. We are dedicated to protecting children and the healing and recovery of victims of any form of abuse.
Moved by the love of Jesus, we, a few Catholic survivors of abuse, see the Church as the Body of Christ, in which we are properly, fully, actively living members. We, as members of that body, reach out to our brothers and sisters who have been abused to tell you there is help, there is hope. The abuse you suffered was not your fault and you are not alone.
We encourage victims to come forward and tell someone what happened. Too many victims keep what happened to them inside, never telling anyone. This trauma that victims keep inside often leads to guilt, shame, low self-esteem, depression, sexual dysfunction, alcohol or drug abuse, an inablity to form lasting relationships and sadly, in far too many cases, suicide.
What Is A Maria Goretti Network Meeting Like?
Chapter Meetings have three segments:
A 90 minute meeting may be segmented into 3, 30 minute segments:
30 minutes - Introduction and Sharing
30 minutes - Men’s and Women’s Groups
30 minutes - Discussion on forgiveness