Disciple, Priest/Religious, and a Survivor: Retreat

Disciple Survivor Retreat

Disciple, Priest/Religious, and a Survivor: A Retreat for Clergy and Religious who are Survivors of Abuse

When: Sunday, September 25 – Thursday, September 29, 2022 

Please register by contacting Deborah McDonald at [email protected] or 301-853-4466.

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Retreat Leaders:

Jeannine Marino, the Archdiocese’s Secretary of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, holds a Doctorate in Canon Law from Catholic University of America and has worked at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle as the Director of Religious Education. She worked for 10 years at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as staff to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance.

Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., Ph.D., is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Previously he was an assistant professor of psychiatry in Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. Most recently, he was the associate director for protection of minors for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He was also recently the chief psychologist and the director of counseling services, as well as faculty and staff psychologist, at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Deborah A. McDonald, Assistant Secretary of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, holds a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and is an Accredited Certified Social Worker. Debbie has served in parish and archdiocesan ministry since 1978. She has worked as the Executive Director of Catholic Youth Organization Inc./Office of Youth Ministry, parish coordinator of youth ministry, diocesan retreat assistant, and as adjunct faculty for the Center for Ministry Development teaching Pastoral Care.

Pam Harris, Assistant Secretary of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, holds a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Leo University; Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Strayer University; and is a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Diocese of Richmond. Pam has presented workshops on adult formation, social concerns, evangelization and youth and young ministry to church and community audiences. Pam currently serves as President for the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA). She served on the National Advisory Council to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2013-2016.

Rebecca Mullan is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Maryland. Rebecca first studied psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and went on to complete her Master in Clinical Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Rebecca has worked with various ages, populations, and clinical issues for over seven years; first with the Pro Bono Counseling Project in Baltimore Maryland and then providing in parish counseling for the Archdiocese of Washington in Montgomery County. Rebecca has special training and certification in Play Therapy, pornography addiction, and Family Systems.

Caitlin Langreich is a Counselor practicing in Prince Frederick, Maryland and has the professional credentials of LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) Caitlin previously served as a parish counseling with the St. Jerome’s counseling program, she also works as a therapist in a crisis intervention center. There, she works with individuals affected by trauma such as domestic violence, sexual assault, multiple forms of abuse, divorce, suicide, and grief. She specializes in working with both children and adults suffering with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods.

Fr. Andrew Wakefield, Pastor St. Patrick Parish, District of Columbia, graduated from Albion College where he majored in history; he attended the University of Michigan where he earned degrees in law and public policy. After working as a contract attorney for a couple of years, he entered the seminary and was in the first class at the Archdiocese of Washington’s own St. John Paul II Seminary and completed his seminary formation at Theological College, through which he earned his theological degrees from The Catholic University of America.  During his time in the seminary, Fr. Andrew completed pastoral placements in various archdiocesan parishes, as well as a L’Arche community and the Pastoral Care Office at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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  • Will I have to talk about the details of my abuse in a group setting?
    Answer: No. There will be times during the retreat where you have the opportunity to dialogue with the presenter, talk to others, but you are not required to share about your abuse. The retreat focuses on opportunities for prayer, spiritual direction, counseling and celebration the Sacraments.   
  • I am not a victim of clergy sexual abuse can I still come?
    Answer: Yes! This retreat is for clergy and religious who has been abused in any way by anyone. You are not taking a spot from someone else who needs it … YOU need it …we are here for you. 
  • Is there a fee for the retreat?
    Answer: No. There is no fee or cost associated with this  

To learn more or to register: please contact Deborah McDonald at [email protected] or 301-853-4466.