Faith Hakesley was born and raised in Massachusetts where she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, she worked in the Psychology field until the birth of her first child. Over the course of her life, she has overcome many traumas including rape by a Catholic priest, the death of a brother, and has lived through cancer as well as a serious heart condition.
In 2008, Faith was one of five victims of clerical abuse from the Archdiocese of Boston to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to Washington, D.C. As a result of their meeting, she began reaching out to others suffering from trauma, particularly sexual abuse, and became passionate about sharing her story in an effort to offer hope, healing, and peace to those who are suffering. Faith strives to be an advocate for survivors, break the stigmas associated with trauma, and encourage others to find hope through their faith.
Faith has been interviewed on CNN with Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper, Face the Nation, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, Kresta in the Afternoon with Al Kresta, EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn, Emmanuel Radio with Cindy Dorsey, WJR with Marie Osborne, Catholic TV's This is the Day with Bishop Robert Reed, Live Each Day With Purpose with Witlee Ethan, the Dr. J. Show with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, and Breakfast With Bacon with Dr. Christine Bacon. She was a guest speaker at the 2009 Women Affirming Life Breakfast in Norwood, MA and also at the 2020 Survivors' Summit hosted by the Ruth Institute. Faith has also been a contributing writer for the National Catholic Register and for the non-profit organization, Made in His Image.
Faith and her husband homeschool their three children and are currently expecting their fourth child.
Sexual abuse is a plague in our world and we are all affected by it, be it directly or indirectly. I want to bring encouragement and inspiration to survivors and their loved ones and help them to understand that there is always hope. Peace, healing, and freedom are possible even after abuse.
Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness
Showing mercy and forgiveness to those who have hurt us can be a very difficult task especially in a world where there is so much suffering and bitterness. However, following in the footsteps of Jesus and showing mercy to others is possible and can open the door to greater peace and freedom.
I want to encourage participants to open their eyes to the fact that they are never alone in their suffering, there is always hope, and healing is possible.