Room with a Pew

A Room with a Pew reflects the experiences, observations, and opinions of a survivor of clergy abuse who attended St. Anthony's Seminary in the 1960s. Author Paul Fericano helped cofound SafeNet in 2003 and returned to Santa Barbara that year to assist the community in recovery. As a poet, writer, and activist engaged in the healing process, the author often challenges survivors (and others) to look for humor in the shadows.

Memories of Better Days Persist

Many St. Anthony's students have contacted me, and one asked about the barbershop, where he had sought refuge one day after his offender beat him. Read story.

Monday, March 31, 2014

No Matter How High the Hedge Grows

The Solidarity Project memorial for clergy abuse survivors at Mission Santa Barbara was vandalized for a second time by a person employed by the Franciscans. Read story.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Roots of Pastoral Response

Pastoral response is the kind of outreach by the church that is absolutely essential to the healing process. Read story.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Looking for Francis in the Franciscans

Among survivors of clergy abuse, what puzzles, angers, and disappoints many is the shortage of moral courage among the friars in general. Read story.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

From Survival to Forgiveness

In 1965 when I was 14 I was sexually abused at St. Anthony’s, a Catholic minor seminary in Santa Barbara operated by the Franciscan religious order. Read story.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
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