Marist Regional College: A Ritual of Lament

Marist Regional College

December 4, 2020

In 2018, Marist Regional College was approached and asked whether an acknowledgement of the historical abuse could be made by the College. This request was supported by the College Leadership Team, the College Board and following consultation with the Archbishop of Hobart, endorsed by Julian Porteous in late December 2018.

In 2019, the College formed the “Seek the Truth Committee” led by Dr Trish Hindmarsh, the former Director of Catholic Education Tasmania and a local parishioner. This Committee of key stakeholders worked to respectfully develop an expression of recognition and sorrow for historical sexual abuse that occurred at Marist College and Marist Regional College.

Former Principal, Mr Adrian Drane, was committed to acknowledging the past sexual abuse. Mr Drane’s sudden illness and passing has seen this commitment and responsibility handed to Acting Principals, Mr Peter Douglas (2019) and Mr Gregg Sharman (2020), the Seek the Truth Committee and the College Leadership Team.

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