VOTF Meeting

Melrose Free Press
August 17, 2006

The Winchester Area Voice of the Faithful, which serves Melrose, welcomes Skip Shea to its meeting on Monday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Eulalia's Parish, 50 Ridge St., Winchester. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Shea is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse who has authored a collection of poetry entitled, "Catholic: Surviving Abuse and Other Dead End Roads," published by Katherine James Books. Shea's collection has been performed in a one-man stage production. Shea will read from his poetry, which traces a life of tragedy from enduring sexual abuse at the hands of priests at a parish in the Diocese of Worcester, to the death of his 16-year-old daughter. Shea's poetry moves from despair to hope and healing.

The Winchester Area VOTF is a Catholic organization that has been meeting weekly on Monday evenings (holidays excluded) since May 13, 2002. Its goals are to support survivors of clergy abuse, to support priests of integrity, and to support structural change within the Catholic Church. Members of the Winchester Area VOTF come from Melrose as well as Winchester, Arlington, Lexington, Medford, Stoneham, Woburn, Burlington and other surrounding towns and cities.

For more information, call or email Bob Morris at 781-721-1399 or, or visit


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