The Diocese of Tyler is committed to provide help to anyone who may have been hurt or abused by a priest, deacon, religious, or anyone working in the name of the Church.
The Promoter of Justice, Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, serves as our victim assistance coordinator, confidential phone line (903) 266-2159.
If you know a minor is currently being abused, or in danger, immediately report it to your local police department or Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
Besides contacting the Promoter of Justice for the Diocese of Tyler, there are also other groups to provide assistance to those abused by priests, deacons, or religious.
For those seeking spiritual healing the Maria Goretti Network, a new lay group of survivors reaching out to other survivors, is a possible resource. Another such group is Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, a support group headed by recovering survivors of abuse by clergy. There are also some more specialized groups, such as: The Regain Network for victims of abuse of any kind by the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi. Mothers against Sexual Abuse is another resource.
The Promoter of Justice is an official of the Tribunal, the Church court. In the Diocese of Tyler, the Promoter of Justice is a contact person for concerns about the Ethics and Integrity of Church Personnel. The Promoter is also the Victim Assistance Coordinator for cases covered by the Charter for the Protection of minors.
Promoter of Justice
Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
1015 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: (903) 266-2159
Bi-lingual Contact, full time at the Chancery:
Maria Flores firstname.lastname@example.org phone 903 534 1077 ext-188.
Maria Flores has been hired to be the primary contact at the Chancery for matters connected with implementing Ethics and Integrity. Maria is bi-lingual and can help with issues concerning ACS, Safe Environment Program, Parish Contact Persons, and Parish/Mission complinance.
St. Maria Goretti is the patroness of abused children. Her intercession is sought for healing and forgiveness in the life of the survivors, and in the life of the perpetrators and those who protected them we pray for conversion and true penance.
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