Pastoral Support and Outreach

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Mission Statement

The Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach (OPSO) was established in 2002 to assist those who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon or other church personnel of the Archdiocese of Boston. It also offers outreach services to family members of survivors as well as to parishes. OPSO’s mission is to provide timely assistance, pastoral/spiritual care, support, counseling referrals and other resources.

OPSO is staffed by licensed social workers and support staff. All survivors of clergy sexual abuse are eligible for the services of OPSO regardless of any legal actions they may have initiated or are contemplating. The staff of OPSO are mandated reporters and are required to report to the Department of Children and Families all suspected cases of child abuse if the person is under 18.

For adults who are bringing forward a complaint of abuse that occurred when they were under 18, OPSO completes a form provided by the Attorney General’s office. This form (FORM D) is sent to the AG’s office and states the basic facts: location, date, nature of abuse and the name of the perpetrator. 

Please use the links following or to the left to find out how to make a complaint, what services we provide, and information on survivor meetings with the Archbishop.