Seeking the Truth: Clergy Sex Abuse on Cape Cod

  • Celebrating Jeff Souza: A Life Well Played

    August 28, 2020 by

    Text and Photos by Sarah E. Murphy Jeff should be turning 50 today. I know there’s a raucous party going on in Heaven, but selfishly, I think he should be here with us, ringing in his milestone birthday with a guitar solo, while his On The Rocks groupies raise our glasses during Friday Night “6… Read more

  • Road Race Reflections

    August 13, 2020 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy I wrote the following reflection in 2012, when I served as editor for the New Balance Falmouth Road Race 40th Anniversary magazine. A portion of this was originally published in a reporter’s notebook I wrote for the Falmouth Bulletin in 2007. The race and I have both grown older since I… Read more

  • Cape Cod Quarantine: Ode to the Outdoor Shower

    August 10, 2020 by

    Text and photos by Sarah E. Murphy There are two things fundamental to my upbringing that have been missing from my life for the past twenty years – a dog and an outdoor shower. My husband and I are currently all set with pets, since our 15-year-old cat keeps us up all night, every night,… Read more

  • Catholic Crimes: a Survivor’s Story

    August 7, 2020 by

    By William Verdad Intro by Sarah E. Murphy It was February 2019, and I was packing for my first trip to Rome, when I received a Facebook message from a friend thanking me for an article I had just written about clergy sex abuse. In it I shared the story of a man in my… Read more

  • Children of the Sea: For Courtney

    July 30, 2020 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy As small, suburban flowers we were replanted in more nourishing, salty soil and the ocean soon became the backdrop of our lives. It roared to us on ghostly winter nights while we burrowed in tiny beds assuring us we’d soon return. And so we did. For at the close of each… Read more

  • Just Write It: Creativity in Covid America

    July 30, 2020 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy I recently visited my brother T.M. Murphy’s Monday morning session of The Just Write It Class in Falmouth Heights. Thankfully Covid-19 hasn’t cancelled the 2020 season of this long-standing summer tradition, now in its 25th year. Since he first started teaching in The Writers’ Shack, Ted has encouraged kids to follow… Read more

  • Freedom Village

    July 27, 2020 by

    By James F. Murphy Jr. *Copyright 1993. Reprinted in “Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul,” 2001. My most vivid memory associated with the American flag flashes to Korea and a gray, clammy day in early August 1953. The Korean War had come to an end a week earlier, on July 27 at precisely 10 PM.… Read more

  • Casino by the Sea

    July 26, 2020 by

    Poetry and Photography by Sarah E. Murphy/Copyright 2002 I loved venturing up the boardwalk to Under the Sun sandy bare feet slapping against hot planks to fill brown paper bags with fireballs and bulls’ eyes.  I’d always stop and peer in the windows wanting to know if it matched my mind’s eye women in pastel… Read more

  • She Learns: Empowering Girls in Uganda

    July 13, 2020 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy The Fourth of July is now a memory, and my husband and I have been in quarantine since before St. Patrick’s Day. While we’ve slowly but surely been getting out a bit more as the months creep by, the global pandemic persists. As I write this, it’s a flawless summer day,… Read more

  • From Cape Cod to Congo: Shining a Light on Clergy Abuse

    June 19, 2020 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy Life couldn’t be more different now than when I last wrote. In January of 2020, the year held much promise, and despite all that has transpired since, I still believe that. The onset of the global pandemic almost seems like a distant memory here in the United States, for those on… Read more

  • 2019: A Year to Remember

    January 1, 2020 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy It’s a new year and a new decade, but I’m still reflecting on 2019.  Over the past twelve months, my life has changed and my world has expanded, in countless ways. After working secretly with Dan Sherwood, a clergy sex abuse survivor from my hometown, who has since become a trusted… Read more

  • Heroes in the Light: Honoring #AllSurvivorsDay

    November 3, 2019 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy November 3 is #AllSurvivorsDay, an international day recognizing survivors of sexual abuse wherever it occurs – at home, school, church, the military, on college campuses and sports teams – with the goal of bringing awareness and change by shedding light on the widespread nature of the issue. Since I began my investigation… Read more

  • Return to Rome: The Journey Continues

    October 27, 2019 by

    By Sarah E. Murphy I recently returned from a two-week trip to Italy – a personal and professional pilgrimage of sorts – following a year of independently investigating clergy sex abuse on Cape Cod. The pervasiveness of the issue cannot be overstated. It is a public safety crisis that goes far beyond my hometown, my… Read more

  • Clergy Sex Abuse on Cape Cod: A Survivor Speaks

    March 12, 2019 by

    Dan Sherwood proudly became an altar boy at St. Anthony’s Parish shortly after moving to Falmouth in 1977 when he was nine. For the next decade, he was sexually and emotionally abused by Monsignor Maurice Souza. When Dan decided it was finally time to share his experience, he asked Sarah to tell his story. Read… Read more

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