To help coordinate, publicize and organize support for victim/survivors, and to search for new avenues of healing, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis created a new position in 2019— Outreach Coordinator for Restorative Justice and Abuse Prevention. Paula Kaempffer was selected for this key role.
Kaempffer has served in Catholic Church ministry for more than 40 years, including the last 12 as the Director of Learning at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Kaempffer said opportunities to discuss the impact of clergy abuse are important for victims/survivors and others across the archdiocese as people seek ways to grow from anger and other difficult emotions into healing. A native of New York City and a survivor of clergy sexual abuse she suffered as an adult working in the Church, Kaempffer said she knows firsthand about the kind of healing that can take place. There are ongoing monthly support group meetings for victim/survivors and for families of those who have been abused. Contact Kaempffer at 651-291-4429 for more information. Paula and her husband, Tom, live north of the Twin Cities. Their daughter, Martha, lives in Seattle.