Krista Keil uses her faith, professional skills, and personal experience as a victim of Catholic clergy sexual abuse to be an instrument of healing for those enduring trauma. Krista seeks to restore the identity and dignity for victims of trauma within the Church and  throughout society through speaking, accompanying others, and providing resources that empower individuals to heal from sexual wounds. She seeks to ensure that trauma, justice, and the need for healing can be openly discussed and pursued within the Catholic Church.


In launching this initiative, Krista is making herself available to speak publicly and to mobilize the laity to obtain an environment of accountability, transparency, and accompaniment. True accompaniment and support for victims of trauma, especially clergy sexual abuse, requires that communities walk with them in their suffering and help connect them with the emotional and spiritual resources they need. Krista seeks to assist parishes, dioceses, and other communities to establish support groups for victims of abuse, and actively educate the laity and clergy on how to appropriately respond to trauma.


Krista has a professional background in missions and the Nonprofit sector, with experience in leadership development and the fields of special needs and mental health, including trauma informed care and crisis management. With her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and goal of pursuing a masters degree in counseling, Krista is passionate about helping others find healing and discovering their own mission.

The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?

- Dorothy Day

Speaking Topics

  • Healing Wounds: Finding Your Mission
  • Responding to Trauma: A Psychological Perspective
  • My story: From Hurt, to Hope and Healing
  • For Parishes: The Abuse Crisis and Moving Forward


  • Young Adults
  • Lay members
  • Clergy
  • Parishes
  • Survivors of sexual trauma
  • Seminarians
  • Non-profits and business leaders