Bishop of Raphoe reaches out to survivors of abuse

The Bishop of Raphoe has reached out to survivors of abuse.

It has been announced that Friday February 15th has been designated a Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse.

Bishop Alan McGuckian says following Fr Con Cunningham’s conviction in the past year, he wants to reach out to anyone who was abused in the past by him or by any other priest or Church personnel.

Speaking ahead of the Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse, the Bishop of Raphoe Alan McGuckian says the difficulty for people who have been abused to break the silence is recognised.

He says speaks of Fr Con Cunningham, a priest of the diocese who was sentenced for child abuse last year. Bishop McGuckian has reached out to anyone who was abused in the past by Fr Cunningham or by any other priest or Church personnel.

Bishop McGuckian says he wants to ensure anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of a priest or Church personnel will be supported and that all matters brought to the attention of the Diocese are referred to relevant authorities.

The Bishop has also announced that a new Designated Liaison Person for Child Safeguarding in the Diocese has been appointed.

On Friday, a ceremony of Blessing and Dedication of a Candle of Atonement will be lead in St Eunan’s Cathedral Letterkenny at 10am mass.