Safeguarding Commitment Statement

As followers of Jesus and ministers in His Church, we, the members of the Australian Province of the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit (also known as the Pauline Fathers and Brothers) are committed:

  • to upholding His teaching about the dignity and rights of every person, especially children, young people, vulnerable adults, and their families.

We, together with those who cooperate with us, are committed:

  • to building, developing, and promoting communities of safeguarding children, young people, and vulnerable adults,
  • to the spirit of cooperation with ecclesial and civil authorities to stimulate the culture of safeguarding that will support and protect those who are entrusted to our pastoral care, and to prevent any harm or neglect.

For that reason, we are committed:

  • to empower them by actively listening to them and including them in decision making about the processes of their formation.

To achieve our responsibilities, we are committed:

  • to having correct and up-to-date policies and procedures that are fully complied with by all members,
  • to ongoing formation (with special care for new members) regarding professional standards and safeguarding issues.

By being professionally informed, we are committed:

  • to fulfilling our duties required from us by civil and ecclesial legislation regarding reporting of safeguarding matters,
  • to responding to any disclosure of abuses, complaints, and concerns in a prompt, just, compassionate, and respectful manner.

Because ultimately, we are committed:

  • to do what “we can to heal the wounds of abuse and to make the Church a safe place for all.” (CRA and ACBC’s response to the Royal Commission)

Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, commonly known as Penrose Park (located in the Southern Highlands, NSW) is a renowned place of veneration of the replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, known as the Black Madonna.  The Shrine is ministered by the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit known as the Pauline Fathers, who are the custodians of the original Icon of the Black Madonna for more than 630 years.