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St. Francis de Sales Healing Garden

November 19, 2023

On the weekend recognizing the United Nations World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence, Fr. Michael Wakefield blessed the third Garden of Healing dedicated to victim-survivors of sexual abuse at St. Francis de Sales Church in Sherman Oaks on Sunday, November 19.

Date: November 19, 2023

Location: St. Francis de Sales (Sherman Oaks)

Blessed by: Rev. Michael Wakefield

Former Teacher and Sex Abuse Survivor Motivates Archdiocesan “Garden of Healing”

About five years ago, Joe Montañez sat in the parking lot of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Simi Valley, feeling immensely nervous and shaky over what he was about to do.

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“I am so grateful to the parishes of our Archdiocese for bringing these gardens, and the others soon to be built, to life and pray these healing waters in this sacred space awaken a sense of God’s abiding presence in the hearts of those who visit the garden.”

– Dr. Heather Banis

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The third “Garden of Healing” was dedicated and blessed on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at St. Francis de Sales Church.

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