Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington
55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403     802-658-6110

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Emily Sleeper
ext. 1219
F: (802) 658-0436

Victim Advocacy

osep pope francis image.pngThe Victim Advocacy Group (VAG) was established in 2003 to assist those who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon or any other church personnel of the Diocese of Burlington. It also offers outreach services to family members of survivors as well as to parishes. The VAG’s mission is to provide timely assistance, counseling referrals and support through the reporting process.

To contact, call: 1-866-485-2488

Victim Advocacy Group Members

Reverend Msgr. John J. McDermott, Chancellor, Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington,

Mr. Thomas Mott, Victim Assistance Coordinator

All Information Is Strictly Confidential


In response to the needs of the community at large, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington in conjunction with Vermont Catholic Charities initiated “listening sessions” which gave the public the opportunity to call in and express their concerns over the breaking sexual abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church in 2002. These sessions were very successful and enabled the diocese to ascertain the needs of the diocesan community.

At that same time, dioceses around the country were going through similar experiences. In response the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Dallas and authored the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which calls for each diocese to follow its guidelines in establishing safe environment programs for the prevention of sexual abuse of children. In enacting these guidelines, national meetings were held where all dioceses could send a representative to establish policies and procedures for the enactment of the Charter for the Protection of Childre and Young People.

The Diocese of Burlington established the VAG in order to assist any member of the community who needs to report any incident of abuse.

A Rosary Guide for Healing Victims of Abuse

  “This rosary will help you to lift up these needs in prayer, offering them to God through Mary who offers her loving and protection to all her children.”

A Prayer for Survivors

A Prayer for Healing – Victims of Abuse (English & Spanish) 

Watch the latest video from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regarding the Catholic Church’s history of efforts to prevent abuse and raise awareness:


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