Each year on Tuesday of the fifth week of Easter, our church embraces a day of prayer for survivors of abuse. This year that falls on Tuesday 4th May.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales moved the day from the Friday of the fifth week of lent after listening to the voices of survivors. The day was requested by Pope Francis following a proposal from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Bishop David Oakley will lead a service of prayer at 6.00pm on Tuesday 4th May. The service is open to all, as a symbol of our collective sorrow and reminder of our united responsibilities in keeping all God’s family safe.

For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed from our Cathedral in Northampton and can be watched at any time as a recording. National resources produced by the survivor led group, ‘Let’s be honest’, can be found here.

In our diocese of Northampton the service has been organised by a small group of volunteers including survivors, all coordinated by our diocesan safeguarding office.

For more information on our safeguarding office and our work with survivors please visit our safeguarding pages here.