The Most Reverend Bishop Walker Nickless will lead conversation sessions with parishioners throughout the Diocese of Sioux City in the month of October. These sessions provide an opportunity for people to discuss thoughts, hopes and fears regarding the renewed sexual abuse crisis in the church, and all parishioners are welcome.
The dates and locations are Monday, Oct. 29, at Holy Cross Parish, St. Michael Church in Sioux City; and Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Holy Trinity Parish, Corpus Christi Church, in Fort Dodge.
Amy Bloch, director of Catholic Charities, and Rev. Brad Pelzel, vicar general, will accompany him.
Each of these meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with silent prayer in the church.
At 6:30 p.m., Nickless will offer some remarks, including an overview of the diocesan protocol for responding to any allegations of misconduct. There will then be an extended opportunity for conversation, comments and questions from those in attendance.
Nickless hopes that those in attendance will leave understanding that the Diocese of Sioux City is doing all that it can to be spiritually and lawfully just and accountable.
For more information regarding these sessions, contact the development and communications office at the Diocese of Sioux City at 712-255-7933.