Dear Editor:

On March 27, 2019, I went public with my story of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Kevin Gugliotta, a man who subsequently became a Catholic priest and was assigned to several parishes with his longest assignment at Saint Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plain. Since then I have shared my story via online, print, radio, and social media.

This has included a Letter to the Editor here at TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood. I now welcome the opportunity to address the SPF Community and beyond. I seek to create a space where I can interact personally and directly with parishioners who have been impacted by the service and actions of Kevin Gugliotta in the parishes where he was assigned. I want to share my story directly in a way that goes beyond the word limit of an Op Ed. I also want to allow others to participate freely in asking me questions and sharing their stories and thoughts as they so choose.  

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I also plan to offer insight, advice and support as a survivor of sexual abuse well along a path to healing. I know there must be many who feel conflicted between the apparent good done by Kevin Gugliotta through his ministry, and now the sense of disappointment and betrayal in learning of his alleged criminal activity and abuse of his position. I am also aware of the additional struggle between continued faith in the Church you love and grasping the failures of Archdiocesan leadership.

I am all too familiar with the pain and suffering caused by sexual abuse and holding onto the secrets of others.  Such things take much time and effort to process. I hope participating in this event and sharing this time together can help some take a step away from denial and another step towards acknowledging what has transpired. Furthermore, I hope this will lead to justice, accountability, and most importantly healing for individual victims as well as the community at large.  

If you have been impacted by the ministry and actions of Kevin Gugliotta, please come join us.  All are welcome to attended and participate as you please.

(Kevin Gugliotta was ordained in 1996 and and during his career was assigned as follows: St Rose of Lima, Short Hills; St. Elizabeth, Wychoff;  Seton Hall University, Campus Ministry; St Joseph's, West Orange; St. Bartholomew's, Scotch Plains;  Ramapo College, Campus Ministry; Immaculate Conception, Mahwah; Holy Spirit, Union.)

Facing The Truth: A Local Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Tells His Story                             
Featuring Michael Mautone, Local Survivor/Advocate
Date and Time: Thursday October 10, 7:00 PM
Location:  Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Rd, Scotch Plains)

This is a free event.  Please register at Eventbrite. Registration is not required and at the same time is requested for an approximate head count. For more information about my story please visit my Facebook page: Michael Mautone: Survivor/Advocate

Michael Mautone