Bishops' Statement on Peace to Resolve Global Conflicts

Seattle, WA January 8, 2020 – The bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle support today’s joint statement from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the United States Catholic Conference and Archbishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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Hermana de la Providencia Virginia Miller

La Hermana Virginia Miller creció en Longview como la menor de tres hermanas. Inspirada por su hermana mayor, ingresó a la vida religiosa el 17 de julio de 1948. Cuando reflexiona acerca de las siete décadas como Hermana de la Providencia, se siente sobrecogida por la bondad de Dios para con ella. “Pertenezco a una comunidad religiosa de mujeres talentosas y amorosas, cuya misión es cuidar de los enfermos, los pobres y de los que sufren, y quienes están avocadas a aliviar las injusticias en el mundo de hoy”, expresa, “¿Qué más puede uno desear?"

Archdiocese settles 1960s abuse case involving volunteer CYO coach

The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached a final settlement of $250,000 for a case involving allegations of sexual abuse by a former CYO basketball coach.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Terry McGrath was a volunteer coach at St. Louise Parish in Bellevue. In the 1970s, he served as a CYO volunteer at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland; from 1976 to 1989, he was CYO athletic director for the archdiocese.

As part of its commitment to transparency, the Archdiocese of Seattle created a website dedicated to the topic of sexual abuse in the archdiocese. Visit Protect and Heal to learn about the history of sexual abuse in the archdiocese, which peaked in 1975 and has since sharply declined. The website also outlines how since the early 1980s, the archdiocese has taken steps to prevent abuse, protect the community and help victims and their families heal.

To report any suspicion of abuse by any church personnel in the Archdiocese of Seattle, contact local law enforcement. Anyone with knowledge of misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.

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Providence Sister Virginia Miller

Sister Virginia Miller grew up the youngest of three sisters in Longview. Inspired by her older sister, she entered religious life on July 17, 1948. As she reflects on her seven decades as a Sister of Providence, she is overwhelmed with God’s goodness to her. “I belong to a religious community of talented, dedicated, caring women whose mission is to care for the sick, the poor and the suffering, and who are actively involved in alleviating the injustices in our world today,” she says. “What more could anyone ever desire?”

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