Friday, December 30, 2011

Difficulty Registering?  Some people have reported difficulty in registering.  If you do not receive notification within four hours that you are registered, please notify us by emailing Kathy at or by calling Eva Montibello at 617-742-8555
Where to Park:  The Holiday Inn will validate parking garage tickets for conference attendees that commute to the conference each day and park at the Charles River Plaza Parking Garage, located at 175 Cambridge St.  The cost of parking, with validation, will be $5 per day.  Please be sure to bring your parking ticket to the registration table at the start of each day so that a committee member can have it validated by the hotel.  We will have a system in place during the conference to get your ticket back to you.

Monday, November 21, 2011

10th Anniversary Celebration & Confrence Line Up

We are working hard to bring you a conference  where we can remember, celebrate and look forward. The list of people presenting is remarkable!  We are so pleased that these members of our family have agreed to join us. Our hope is that you can too!

Friday night there is a reception and a documentary film  by Lisa Kessler "Heart in the Wound: Sexual abuse from the Catholic Church to Civil Society"  Followed by a Q&A and an Open Mic.

Saturday is full of keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, lunch, and even a play "For Pete's Sake" written and performed by actor Joe Capozzi.

Our first keynote speaker is  Dr. Judith Herman, a pioneer in the field of sexual abuse, trauma and recovery and Dr. James Chu who was an expert witness for the prosecution in the Shanley trial.

Our second keynote speaker is Jetta Bernier, from the Enough Abuse Campaign speaking on sexual abuse prevention and the power of advocacy.

Our media panel promises to be a fantastic discussion!  It will be moderated by Jim Braude from NECN and WTKK.  Panel members are Susan Ryan Vollmar Editor from the Boston Phoenix; Kevin Cullen from the Boston Globe, Margery Egan from the Boston Herald and WTKK; Chuck Colbert who worked for the National Catholic Reporter.

Members of our International panel are Bill Nash, a survivor and international advocate and Helen McGonigle, a lawyer, survivor and advocate in state and federal courts. They will cover such countries as Ireland, Italy, and Africa.

The breakout sessions are a "who's who" of top professionals in their field: 

For the legal view we have  Mitchell Garabedian and Carmen Durso.

Anne Barrett Doyle, Terry McKiernan, and Suzy Nauman from the internationally known will discuss their work in documenting and archiving.

Bob Hoatson from Road to Recovery will share his stories of outreach to survivors.

Kay Ebeling and Patrick O'Malley are going to talk about the contribution of social media.

Sunday our keynote speaker will be Professor Marci A. Hamilton. A leading church vs. state expert who specializes on the issue of whether religious practices that violate the law should be accommodated and who has represented many survivors of childhood sexual abuse, with focus on those circumstances where the abuse was made possible. She is the author of "God vs. the Gavel religion and the Rule of Law".

The video "Silence Shattered Abuse Exposed" by Kathy Dwyer, survivor and activist, will be viewed Sunday morning.
Dr. Ann Webb, survivor, therapist and advocatewill share her closing remarks. And then it is off to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. We will join in solidarity with the "Sidewalk Protesters" who have stood for us in protest every Sunday for the last ten years. We will hold signs and photos, please feel free to bring your own. Come share with us the celebration of our journeys and fellowship as we look toward the future.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at Beacon Hill, 5 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Room Rate is $109 ask for 10th Anniversary Celebration  


Early Registration $20 (now through Dec. 15 2011)

Registration $25 (Dec. 16 - Jan 2 2012)

Late Registration $30 (after Jan 1, 2012 and walk-ins)

Register today or make a Donation

Thursday, September 8, 2011

January 6th, 7th, & 8th 2012

10th Anniversary Celebration
of the Boston Clergy Abuse Crisis

You are cordially invited to a tremendously fantastic few days.
Come and experience all the warmth and hospitality Boston has to offer.

We are coming together to recognize and celebrate what we as survivors and supporters have accomplished in exposing Catholic clergy sex crimes over the past several years and re-energize for our future.

While creating an opportunity to meet and share with others who are also working for a meaningful change and accountability.

Plans are well underway for a weekend of informative and high spirited speakers, workshops and  panels.
Culminating in a historic and poignant demonstration in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at Beacon Hill 5 Blossom Street Boston, MA 02114.

Early Registration  $20 (now through Dec. 15 2011)
          Registration  $25 (Dec. 16 - Jan 2 2012)
 Late Registration  $30 (after Jan 1, 2012 ans walk-ins)

Register today or make a Donation

Robert Costello

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Best wishes 2011 SNAP Conference

All of us here in Boston who were not able to travel to Viginia this weekend wish SNAP and all their guests the very best for a fantastic weekend!

Having attended several SNAP Conferences I know first hand what an educational and life altering experience these three days can be. The stories, friends and tears that I have shared with other survivors and those in our inner circle will remain with me forever. May the strength and hope you enter into this weekend give you the courage and hope to continue on personal road to recovery. May the people you meet and your memories be a source of inspirtation and love as you continue on in life.

Robert Costello

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Planning Stages

Welcome to the Year of the Survivor Blog. We are well into the planning stages for a great weekend, January 6, 7th and 8th 2012. We are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the public awareness of what was then named the Clergy Abuse Crisis. From the humble beginnings of just a few people standing out side the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to the now world wide attention of survivors from across the globe, we will come together in solidarity and mutual respect.

In one decade we have moved at lightening speed to bring about changes in the church and in the courts. What has taken centuries in the calendar of the church we have brought about a dramatic change in just ten years. From our individual abusers to the current pope, investigations have been launched world wide. The theme of clergy sexual abuse has been the subject of books, movies, news reports and grand jury reports.

The abuse crisis has hit every denomination on the planet. From the Catholic Church to the Church of Scientology, children and vulnerable adults have been violated. However we are beginning to recover with the support of each other, and others in the Survivor Community.

It is in this spirit of community that we will gather next January. Updates will be made as soon as they are ready. Information on events, hotels and parties and other details will be posted here for you benefit. I hope many of you can join us to celebrate the Year of the Survivor!

Robert Costello