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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:11

Society of the Divine Word in Australia recommits to safe ministry & support

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Fr Henry Adler svdAs the Royal Commission wraps up its hearings into the Catholic Church’s response to child sexual abuse, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Provincial, Father Henry Adler, has recommitted the Province to safe ministry and to continuing to provide support and pastoral care to all affected.

In his letter to SVD confreres at the outset of the final hearings, Fr Henry acknowledged the statements from Australian bishops expressing sorrow for past failures and committing to do more to protect children.

“Many of us involved in ministry have been providing pastoral care, counselling and praying for and with people affected by these shocking revelations,” he wrote.

He urged the Divine Word Missionaries of the AUS Province to continue to provide such support and pastoral care.

Fr Henry also encouraged his confreres to follow the proceedings of the Royal Commission and talk about it in their local SVD communities and make it the focus of their daily prayers.

“Most importantly, let us continue to be committed to our Mission in a safe Church, protection of children and vulnerable people and high professional standards in ministry of all Divine Word Missionaries, especially in our Province,” he said.

Fr Henry said the Divine Word Missionaries AUS Province is proactive in ensuring all members receive regular formation in the area of professional standards, both in the seminary and in ongoing formation of older members. It is also a priority for newly arrived missionaries from overseas.

Read the article in full, which was published in the February 2017 issue of the SVD's In The Word enewsletter.