Office of Pastoral Outreach for the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara
In January, 2006, structural changes took place regarding the board that oversaw the treatment and supervision of offenders and outreach to victims/survivors and their families on behalf of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Barbara.
The Independent Response Team (IRT) was established by the Franciscans in 1994 as a response to the Independent Board of Inquiry’s (IBOI) report in 1993 regarding abuse at St. Anthony’s Seminary during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
The IRT’s function was to receive complaints of sexual misconduct, offer assistance to those who had suffered abuse, and to monitor treatment and placement of offenders. At the time, there were no other models in place nationally for offering assistance to victims/survivors.
In 2002, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops approved the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People", pledging to assure the safety of all children in the Catholic dioceses. They established a national lay board that created national criteria for compliance to the Charter.
Shortly thereafter, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, an organization that serves the leadership of the Catholic orders and congregations of religious priests and brothers of the United States, of which the Franciscans of the Province of St. Barbara are members, issued a parallel document, “Improving Pastoral Care and Accountability In Response to the Tragedy of Sexual Abuse.” http://www.cmsm.org/justice-statements/statement-sexual-abuse.shtml.
Working with Praesidium Inc., a risk management consultancy, CMSM created national standards of compliance regarding the receipt of complaints and response to victims, the education of members and the supervision of its offenders and how review boards should work, including contracting with qualified individuals for pastoral outreach. CMSM then issued guidelines to all its members for best practices for establishing lay review boards and for the job of victim assistance coordinator.
Praesidium did a thorough certification review of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara and was granted accreditation in 2005, recommending that the Province make changes in the IRT that were more directly in line with CMSM best practices. The Franciscans have followed Praesidium’s advice, complied with CMSM guidelines and instituted those changes.
Like the IBOI before it, the IRT’s work came to an end; in its place a Province Review Board was established. This board consists of a volunteer lay review committee aided by an investigative team, a consultant who monitors the Aftercare program for offenders, and a Pastoral Outreach Coordinator (POC).
Under this new structure the work of the IRT has been divided into separate functions. The POC receives calls regarding complaints of sexual misconduct, manages ongoing care and support for the victims/survivors, and works with families, parishes, communities, etc., that have been affected by sexual misconduct. The investigative team looks into complaints when they come in; the review board examines cases and, in consultation with the POC and the investigators, makes recommendations to the Province.
Effective February 1, 2006, Angelica Jochim, a survivor advocate, psychotherapist and former ombudsperson for the IRT, accepted the contractual position of Pastoral Outreach Coordinator offered to her by the Province. SafeNet is comitted to working directly with the Franciscans and the POC on all issues affecting survivors in the Province of St. Barbara.
Angelica Jochim and the Office of Pastoral Outreach are available to anyone who needs assistance and support. If you feel you may have been a victim of clergy abuse by a member of the Franciscan order of the Province of St. Barbara, or if you are a family member, schoolmate, parishioner, or anyone else that has been impacted by the abuse, please contact Angelica by phone, mail, or email. All communications are strictly private and confidential.
To learn more about the Office of Pastoral Outreach visit: www.pastoraloutreach.org
Angelica Jochim, M.F.T.
Pastoral Outreach Coordinator
Franciscan Province of St. Barbara
PO Box 90638
Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0638
1 800 770-8013