Our commitment to the safety and well-being of children.
As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this.
We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.
Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath is a monastery of Benedictine Monks dedicated entirely to divine worship in the enclosed contemplative life.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for all. Following the teaching of Saint Benedict, we «receive all guests as Christ» showing courtesy and respect and always avoiding inappropriate behavior or language. As a consequence, we recognize the importance of protecting children from every form of abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual.
Our Particular Way of Life
As contemplative monks, we observe the monastic enclosure and guests are confined to the gatehouse and Oratory. Priests, other clerical guests, and some religious may be admitted to the monastic refectory for meals.
We do not have any direct apostolate to children, nor any ministry outside the enclosure of the monastery. Our retreat facilities are closed to persons under 18 years of age.
As Irish law requires, all members of the community are personally vetted by An Garda Síochána.