Come to the Stable

The Stephen Spalding Foundation

Tree of Life

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation hopes
to nurture that sense of self-awareness and self-worth. 
Survivor/victims of sexual abuse will find a safe haven here,
surrounded by hearth, home, and a garden of garden of peace
and healing.  CTS/SSF will allow anyone seeking respite care
to continue this painful search for wisdom, understanding, and
kindness as they come to terms with the painful trauma they
have suffered with for so long.


Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass., has generously
donated this emblem of American folk art free of charge to
Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation.  We
are proud to incorporate the Tree of Life into our overall identity as an organization
dedicated to serving the needs of the survivor/victims of sexual abuse.  Sister Hannah Cohon, a member of the New England Shakers, devised this symbol of hope and wisdom in 1853.


Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation has embraced the Tree of Life as a strong message of hope for survivor/victims of sexual molestation.


The fact of the matter is that CTS/SSF believes that the Tree of Life now is rooted in the knowledge that the survivor/victims of clergy sexual abuse, their families, and their friends have been able to establish this effort with seed money from a settlement with the Diocese
of Jefferson City
, Missouri, Bishop John R. Gaydos, and Anthony J. O’Connell, the
former bishop of Palm Beach, Florida (1998-2002), and Knoxville, Tennessee (1988-1998).


The settlement with O’Connell, which includes Bishop John R. Gaydos and Bishop
Michael F. McAuliffe
(d. January 2006), is reparation for the molestation of high school students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School Seminary in Hannibal, Mo.   The settlement was reached in July 2004.


Remember the cries of those who are in need and trouble, that when you are in trouble,
God may hear your cries.

— Mother Ann Lee
Testimonies of the Life, Character,
Revelations and Doctrines of
Mother Ann Lee and the Elders with Her


Our Mission

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Hannibal, Missouri,
and their families, and their friends.  The seed money
for this endeavor of hope comes from a settlement
agreement with Anthony J. O'Connell, the former
bishop of Palm Beach, Florida, and Knoxville,
Tennessee, and Bishop John R. Gaydos, Bishop
Michael F. McAuliffe (d. January 2006) of the
Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri.  The strategic
plan for Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding
Foundation includes the following goals:


  • Acquire real estate that can be developed into a safe and supportive
    retreat for survivor/victims of sexual abuse in the United States.  The
    cost to survivor/victims and their loved ones is free.

  • Help survivor/victims the heal trauma and pain of their abuse as they
    confront and document what happened to them as children or as
    vulnerable adults.

  • Provide practical assistance and therapeutic support in a safe
    environment that will all survivor/victims refocus on their personal
    situations and lead more productive lives.


We look forward to the day when Come to the Stable/the Stephen Spalding Foundation will be able to provide support to survivor/ victims with practical help and a range of healing options treatment and complementary therapies.


Most importantly, Come to the Stable/the Stephen Spalding Foundation envisions a place where the survivor/victims of sexual molestation will be able to feel that their experiences are recognized and believed; where they can safely express grief and anger.


Our Business Plan . . .


See also . . . .


Bishop John R. Gaydos:  “Debriding” Victims of Sexual Abuse  . . .


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