The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Public Hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to resume in Sydney this week.

The hearings will sit from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 18 November and from Wednesday 23 to Thursday 24 November. The hearing commenced in Newcastle in August 2016.

  • Dates: Wednesday 16 November – Friday 18 November 2016, Wednesday 23 November – Thursday 24 November 2016
  • Hearing times: 10:00am – 4:00pm AEDT
  • Location: Hearing Room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

To find out more about the ongoing Royal Commission, visit our webpage solely dedicated to providing information, statements and updates regarding the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Prayer support at the Cathedral

Throughout the next fortnight Christ Church Cathedral will have clergy available to listen and lead people in prayer during the Royal Commission hearings.

There will be a priest at the Cathedral from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday November 16 and Thursday November 17, as well as Wednesday November 23 to Friday November 25.

All welcome to come and light a candle. You may also wish to visit the special art installation in it’s final two weeks.

Prayer For the Royal Commission

God of truth, justice and healing, send your strength and wisdom to those who work for the Royal Commission. Please guide the Commissioners, stand with all who give evidence, and heal those who cry out for justice. May silence be broken by the voice of truth. May the trust that has been betrayed be restored by new actions of accountability and responsibility. May all children be kept safe now and in the future. Amen.

Prayer For Survivors

God our redeemer and sustainer, we pray for the survivors of violence, abuse and neglect. Be with them in confusion and pain. Give your power to the powerless, your fullness to the empty of spirit. Heal their wounds, free them from fear and restore them to true health. Strengthen them to face the future with faith in you. We ask this through Jesus your Son, who was himself a victim of abuse and yet in his resurrection, triumphed over the oppression. Amen.

Seeking Support

Discussing child sexual abuse can be difficult. The Royal Commission has reminded us that is especially so for survivors telling their story for the first time, their families and professional staff supporting them.

The Royal Commission provides an extensive list of care and support services which can be found at Support Services. These services connect people with counsellors or special support groups.

If you need immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14

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