To anyone who is reading this web page, it is our hope that it will inspire
you to pray for survivors of sexual abuse, those who have abused others,
and anyone else who has been harmed by this tragedy.
We are sadly aware of how our Church has been affected by this painful
scandal. Our own Capuchin Province has not been exempt from this sin.
Two of our former members, Paul Daleo and Robert Yurgel are among
those who have had credible allegations made against them. Robert Yurgel
is currently serving a prison sentence for his actions. Paul Daleo was
separated from ministry in 2003. He was also formally removed from the
priesthood, through a process known as "laicization" on October 1st, 2009.
Our province has recently made settlement with the sexual abuse
survivors of Paul Daleo. The terms of this settlement contain no
confidentiality provisions and we pledge never to seek confidentiality from
any survivors of sexual abuse. We know that openness and acknowledging
what has happened are the first steps towards healing.
In our personal contact with men and women who have been sexually
abused we have come to discover a depth of pain which they live with, on a
daily basis, which is beyond most people’s comprehension. As a result it
takes a great deal of courage for them to come forward and publicly
acknowledge that they have been sexually abused. They risk the real
possibility that they will not be believed, particularly by those who are closest
to them. We applaud every survivor who has displayed such courage.
Recently, our province has received its reaccreditation by Praesidium,
which is an organization that assists religious and non-religious institutions
in setting up protocols and procedures that will ensure that the possibility of
one of its members from sexually abusing a child will be greatly diminished.
We are gratefully committed to abiding by these protocols and procedures
which will help to create a safer environment for children.
If you are reading this page please take this as a personal invitation to
pray for all who have been affected by the tragedy of sexual abuse. It is our
hope that as more and more people accept this invitation to prayer no child
will ever have to experience the trauma of being sexually abused especially
by one of God’s representatives.
Father Nick Mormando, O.F.M. Cap.
|Capuchin Franciscan Friars
Province of the Stigmata of St. Francis