Towards Peace

Spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland

Online Resources

A selection of resources available online – research papers, blog postings, reflections, interviews – for people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context. These resources have been selected for both those who have been abused and those who seek to...

Books

A selection of books that can be ordered, for anyone seeking to understand the complexity of the spiritual impact of abuse by clergy/religious, and the role that spirituality can play in healing from trauma.   Spiritual Healing after Clergy/Religious Abuse Grant,...

Reflections from Survivors

Written reflections by people who have been abused by Catholic Church personnel. For some people, their faith life may be too shattered for words or repair; for other people, their faith may be what is holding them together.   Personal experiences of Towards...

Staff Bios

Una Allen, Coordinator Una has an interdisciplinary background including a BA in Social Science, Diploma in Spiritual Direction (2010) and a Masters in Pastoral Theology (2014).  She worked for thirty years with the Probation Service in both Dublin and Galway.  While...

Committee Bios

      Andrew Fagan ( Chair) is the Director of Child Safeguarding and Protection for the Archdiocese of Dublin.  Andrew qualified as a social worker in Queens University Belfast and undertook post-graduate studies in child protection in Trinity College...

Historical Context

Revelations of the abuse of children by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland have been shaking Ireland and the Irish Catholic Church, to the core, since the 1990s. Four major reports with a national audience have been published:2005: The Ferns Report, revealing...