A Ritual of Lament

Acknowledgement and Sorrow for Survivors of Past Sexual Abuse

A ritual will be held to acknowledge the sexual abuse that took place at Marist College, Marist Regional College and in the Burnie Parish (now Burnie-Wynyard Parish), particularly while the Marist Fathers were custodians of both.

The Ritual of Acknowledgement and Sorrow has been planned by the Marist Regional College ‘Seek the Truth’ Committee, comprising staff and board members from the College, survivors of abuse, local parishioners and representatives of the Marist Fathers.

This is an important first step in the necessary acknowledgment and healing of past abuse.

Survivors of sexual abuse, together with their partners, family members, friends, and others associated with the College and Parish, are warmly invited to attend. Archbishop Julian Porteous and Marist Fathers Provincial Fr Tony Corcoran will also be present. A light lunch will follow at the Gardens.

Thank you for your interest in our Ritual of Lament/Marist Day of Sorrow.  

Originally planned to be held in March 2020, this event has now been rescheduled to Saturday 20th March 2021. Our commitment to this ritual has remained strong, even as our plans have had to be put on hold.     

People wishing to attend are invited to indicate their interest to comms@mrc.tas.edu.au

The Committee is also planning a plaque as a tangible sign of lasting acknowledgment and sorrow to be placed at a later date in the Reconciliation Garden at the entrance to Marist Regional College.