safe environment

A message from the Capuchin Friars:

Our life is rooted in deep Christian commitment to all those whom we serve. To those we have failed to protect because one of our brothers sexually abused, we sincerely apologize. Although we are unable to undo the past, we have come to understand the profound and complex wounds suffered by the victims and their families. Given that knowledge, we are committed to respond with compassion and justice to those who have been harmed. We also commit ourselves to prevent, educate and respond in ways that we hope will reflect the examples and teachings of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi.

Pastoral Care & Conciliation

This site contains documents and resources pertaining to sexual abuse or misconduct. The spokesperson for the St. Joseph Province on matters related to sexual abuse/misconduct is Amy Peterson, director of the Office of Pastoral Care & Conciliation.

Contact Information:

Amy Peterson
1927 N. Fourth St.
Milwaukee WI 53212

Phone: 414.374.8841, Ext. 22
Email: apetersonwi@gmail.com
Secured FAX: 414.409.7039

If you, or anyone you know, has experienced abuse by a friar, employee or volunteer for the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, no matter where or when, we urge you to:

1. Call law enforcement to submit a report;
2. Contact the police or sheriff's office where the abuse occurred: www.usacops.com

You may also choose to contact the director of the Office of Pastoral Care and Conciliation who will take your report and explain any special supportive services available. The director will provide a compassionate response to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse from a person in a position of trust within the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. The information you provide will be forwarded to the law enforcement agency in the county where the abuse occurred.

Reporting abuse is never easy. We have created a process which is as safe and confidential as possible, given legal requirements.

Three most important things to remember:

  • You are never alone
  • It is never your fault
  • Healing is possible