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St John of God Brothers (Marylands) Case Study

As part of the investigation into abuse in the care of the Catholic Church the Inquiry is running a case study on abuse by St John of God Brothers. In particular the Commission will focus on events that occurred at Marylands School in Halswell, Christchurch. Marylands was a residential school for boys, many with disabilities. It originally opened in Middleton, Christchurch in the 1950s and then moved to Halswell, until closing in 1984.

This Public Hearing is also looking into any abuse by the Hospitaller Order of St John of God brothers at Hebron Trust, an organisation in Christchurch for at-risk youth operated by one of the brothers of St John of God.

The Commission will also hear from witnesses who were resident at St Joseph's Orphanage, also in Halswell near Marylands, run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

The page 'Marylands School' on the Royal Commission's website will have more information. Please visit their website for updates.

What is being investigated

The Royal Commission will investigate the nature and extent of abuse that occurred at Marylands, why it happened, and the impacts of abuse that may have occurred at the hands of priests, religious or lay employees of the Church. It will investigate whether there are any systemic, structural or other factors which contributed to the abuse occurring and the adequacy of the response by the Catholic Church to allegations of abuse.

These accounts, combined with those of many other victims and survivors of abuse in the care of the Catholic Church, at Marylands or elsewhere, will help the Royal Commission to make findings about what happened and why, and any appropriate recommendations for change.

Scope of the investigation into Marylands >

Public Hearing Overview

This Public Hearing is planned for 9 - 17 February 2022 in Auckland. More information about the Public Hearing will be shared here when made available.

You can visit the Royal Commission's page on Public Hearings for general information about their hearings.

More information

We'll share more information on this page as the case study progresses.

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