National Day of Sorrow and Promise - Promise Statement

As Catholic Religious of Australia, we are stirred by sorrow for the failings of the past.

We encounter the depth of pain endured within our midst. 

  • WE promise to listen to and support those who have been harmed by abuse

  • WE promise to act to prevent abuse, respond with compassion and justice and put the protection of children and the vulnerable at the heart of all our ministries

  • WE promise to support all those walking courageously with the abused and those working fearlessly for the prevention of abuse

  • WE promise to work tirelessly and humbly to build a culture in our Church which is loving and answerable to the wider community

  • WE promise to partner with those who have been abused, with governments, civil agencies and society at large to continue to learn and work towards a safer, more respectful and accountable Church

  • WE promise to be people of action, to embed prevention and safeguarding practices and governance reforms throughout our Church

  • WE promise to remember and to be forever changed

2 December 2018


We invite you to download the Liturgy Booklet and view the video montage of Catholic religious leaders across the country. Find out more about the National Day of Sorrow and Promise.