Throughout the Gospels children occupy a central role in the teachings of Jesus. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus says “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it”. This places a serious obligation on all of us to ensure that children are welcomed, cherished and protected in a manner consistent with their central place in the life of the Church. The Diocese of Ossory takes its commitment to safeguarding children very seriously. We have published our policies and procedures in accordance with Standards and Guidance
Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland. We are fully compliant with all the provisions of civil law in this area.
To read the full text of our Policies and Procedures click here.
To download the Message from Bishop Séamus Freeman, SAC, click here.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Diocese of Ossory values and encourages the participation of children and young people in diocesan and parish liturgies and activities. The Gospel of Christ invites us to cherish and affirm each child as a gift from God. We must ensure that children who are involved in our Church are involved in a loving Church, a Church that provides a safe and welcoming environment where young people can gather to explore and celebrate their faith.
All of us have a duty of care to the children who participate in Church. We must do all we can to make our Church a safe place for all. We must be vigilant at all times. The Gospel tells us Be on your guard, stay awake” …. MK 13. As a diocese, we are obliged to provide ongoing promotion of awareness and information on all aspects of safeguarding children.
I am very grateful to all the good people who are involved in our diocese and in our forty two parishes for the tremendous service they give to this very important ministry. By doing so we can be assured that our Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and Procedures are being implemented and are being monitored. With the help of all the faithful in our diocese and by being vigilant; we will continue to do all in our power to ensure the safety of children.
If you have any suggestions in relation to safeguarding in our diocese please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Safeguarding, Sr. Ena Kennedy, at 0871953850 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Safeguarding Office, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.
I ask the almighty God to bless each and every one of you as we endeavour to make our Church a safe place for all, especially for our children and the most vulnerable.
With every blessing of the Lord.
I respectfully ask for your prayers and I assure you of mine.