July 15, 2005

Patricia Engdahl: Keeping children safe in new setting

The Catholic Free Press

By Tanya Connor

The woman who directed the diocese’s response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis has changed jobs – but not her ministry. And it is a ministry in which she wants to continue offering healing prayer.

Patricia O’Leary Engdahl finished her job as director of the diocesan Office for Healing and Prevention July 1. Monday she is to begin work as director of Anna Maria College’s Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly. The diocese has not announced a successor for her position.

“I guess I see this as a natural progression of what I was doing,” Mrs. Engdahl said. Working for the diocese in dealing with child abuse, she saw a tremendous need for education and advocacy and measures to protect children concretely, she said.

Posted by kshaw at July 15, 2005 10:07 AM