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Chicago, IL (October 1, 2007)—Matthew Hunnicutt has been named as the new Director of the Office of Assistance Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Hunnicutt will report to Jan Slattery, the Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, and is replacing Ralph Bonaccorsi, who has retired after 15 years.

In his new role, which includes the responsibilities formerly handled by an Archdiocesan Clinical Coordinator, Hunnicutt will direct the services of the office to provide timely assistance, support and resources to those affected by sexual abuse as minors by a priest, deacon or others who minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Hunnicutt will oversee the referrals to therapists and spiritual counselors trained in helping victim-survivors of sexual abuse with their healing process. He will also advise parish staff members who are often confronted with parishioners’ concerns about clerical sexual abuse incidents that may have occurred years earlier.

Most recently, Hunnicutt was employed as the Director of Child Protective Services with Catholic Charities in Chicago. During his 17-year tenure, he focused on supervising, investigating and training co-workers who investigated child abuse and neglect claims for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Hunnicutt is also a licensed clinical social worker, and speaks English and Spanish. While at Catholic Charities, he also taught English as a Second Language to adult immigrants at Chicago’s Truman College.

Hunnicutt holds two master’s degrees: a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Indiana State University. Hunnicutt resides in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and attends Lakeview’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

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