Bishop David has led a prayer service to mark the national day of prayer for survivors of abuse.

Tuesday 4th May was chosen by a group of survivors to be the day the Catholic Church in England and Wales stand in solidarity and prayer with those who have suffered at the hands of another.

The service, which can be viewed here, was designed and organised by a small group of volunteers including survivors. During the service, Bishop David thanked the diocesan safeguarding office, the Commission, parish representatives and all those who do so much to promote safeguarding across our diocese.

During the service, the paschal candle was lit as a symbol of the light of Christ constantly present in our lives.  Bishop David spoke of the hope this light brings, saying

“This evening, gathered together around the paschal candle, we allow God’s word to speak to us. We dare to believe in one who brings the hope of radical healing, a change in behaviour on the part of the Body of Christ, and a new beginning, so that no one else should suffer the terrible experience of abuse in our Church and our world”.

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