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Statement from the Franciscan Province of Ireland
21st November 2022

We, the friars of the Franciscan Province of Ireland, apologise unreservedly to any child or young person who was abused whilst in our care, either in our school, Franciscan College, Gormanston, or in other ministry settings.

Provincial's Foreword

Every Franciscan learns about living the Gospel by reflecting on the enduring example of St. Francis of Assisi. His eyes were opened to teach him that Gospel-living demanded that he be a "brother to all" and that in doing so that he must become a "lesser brother" who would never use any human force to harm another person.

Being a "brother to all" highlights the "fraternal" dimension of Franciscan life. While being a "lesser brother" reminds us that we must live with humility in relationship to the entire created order, especially those who are vulnerable or in need.

Aidan McGrath, OFM

Minister Provincial


We invite anyone who may have been abused by a Franciscan, living, former or deceased,
and who has never come forward to do so, in order that they can receive help and support.
Franciscan Province of Ireland

Safeguarding Children

Policy & Procedure Handbook 2023

This Handbook contains the Standards and Guidance in relation to safeguarding children within the Franciscan Province of Ireland. As such, it is a concrete expression of our commitment as Franciscans.

The Franciscan Province of Ireland recognises and promotes the fundamental rights of every child and young person to a safe environment in which he/she will be free from any form of abuse, neglect, or harm. We will do all that is within our power to prevent any form of abuse and respond appropriately if abuse concerns arise.

To build a safe and secure environment, Franciscan friars, staff, and volunteers always strive to be child centered in their practice and behaviour and acknowledge their obligation to promote the well being of all children and young people and safeguard them from harm.

Safeguarding standards

The Franciscan Province of Ireland signed up to Safeguarding Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2018,
produced by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) in 2018.

As Franciscans we are committed to upholding these seven safeguarding standards.