New Local Safeguarding Representative for Toowong.
I’m writing to you, the parishioners of St Ignatius, to tell you that my term as Local Safeguarding Representative has come to an end, and to introduce you to Janine Curcuruto, who will take over the role from 1 December 2022.
In June 2019, I was honoured to be asked to volunteer to be the inaugural Local Safeguarding Representative for our parish. I felt it was an important role to take on, as I believe that everyone deserves to feel safe, especially in the place that they worship. I believe that the only way that our Church can truly seek forgiveness for the sins of the past is to repent and change. When the heart is changed, there will be behavioural change. We need to demonstrate that things have changed in our church, and in the ways we protect the vulnerable.
I’ve been proud to help to embed in our St Ignatius community a culture of safeguarding. Earlier this year, an external audit of our parish’s safeguarding practices and systems revealed that St Ignatius has done exceptionally well at introducing & meeting the safeguarding standards developed by the archdiocese. Indeed, we are an exemplar for other parishes in terms of our education, visibility and compliance with Safeguarding issues.
Thank you especially to Fr Wrex, Monica Florence and the Parish Pastoral Council for their ongoing support for me in this role.
There have been many hours of work, difficult conversations around uncomfortable topics, but always, the goal of these people has been to make our parish a safe place for all.
I welcome Janine Curcuruto to the role. Many of you will already know Janine, from her roles at St Ignatius School and Parish.
She will do a fabulous job, and I ask that you support her in this role, in the way that you have always supported me.
I hope that everyone who walks into St Ignatius knows that this is a parish that takes its responsibility to safeguard children and the vulnerable seriously. To me, safeguarding is an example of the practical, personal kindness, affirming the dignity, worth & destiny in Christ, that is referred to in our parish mission. May we live out this mission of our Christian vocation, in the spirit of St Ignatius.