Policy Statement of the Diocese of Ferns
The Diocese of Ferns values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. The Diocese recognises the dignity and rights of all children/young people and is committed to their protection and support. The Diocese undertakes to do all in its power to create a safe environment for children and young people and to ensure their protection from all forms of abuse.
In the words of Pope Francis……
Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone. If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young.
In this section, we will include both Diocesan and Parish initiatives that encourage and enable faith formation.