Off to a Great Start!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the inaugural event of Awake's new Courageous Conversations online speaker series! It was really encouraging to see so many people from throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and all over the United States come together for this timely topic. Fr. Dan offered an excellent, candid presentation that left all of us with a lot to think about.

(For those of you who couldn't make it - no worries. You can find the complete video on YouTube and a summary in this week's blog post. Both are linked below.)

We can't wait to continue this series in 2021 with a variety of important topics and thought-provoking speakers. We don't have our January event quite pinned down yet, but I assure you, it's going to be another valuable dialogue! Stay tuned for an announcement soon.

Merry Advent!

Sara Larson
Executive Director, Awake Milwaukee

PS: Last week's event also gave us an opportunity to connect with more abuse survivors, and we were able to host a small follow-up gathering on Monday evening for these survivors to connect with one another. If you have experienced sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and would like to be invited to future gatherings, please send me an email at I would love to include you.

Video - "The McCarrick Report, Clerical Culture, and a Path to Change" on Awake's new YouTube channel!

Blog Post - Courageous Conversations: First Awake Event Addresses the Harm of “Clerical Culture"

“The twin crises of sexual abuse and leadership failures in the Church are fostered by an 'insular clerical culture' that needs transformation, said speaker Fr. Dan Griffith during Awake Milwaukee’s first-ever Courageous Conversations event, held virtually on Thursday, December 10...

'If the Church doesn’t change its culture, these problems will continue to manifest themselves,' Griffith said, suggesting that future revelations will likely involve the abuse of adults or financial misconduct. 'The clerical insular culture that is rife through the McCarrick Report, is so much … an underlying cause. Until that culture has been transformed, the continuing saga will continue to harm the Church,' he said."

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Thank you for your continued commitment to joining Awake in prayer! 

On Monday evening, Awake hosted a small online gathering for nine survivors who were interested in connecting for further conversation. It was a truly graced time of sharing and mutual support! Please join us in praising God for the good work He is doing through this ministry and pray for His continued guidance as we discern the best ways to walk with survivors moving forward. 
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