Excerpts below from a survivor of the De La Salles. It’s from the Irish Examiner and the full article can be read at the link below. I believe Brother Laurence Hughes is responsible for the DLS in Ireland as well as Britain. That same order that today’s St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, still likes to be associated with by saying it’s ‘In the La Sallian Tradition’
Whatever happens to Hughes – I predict he will retire soon – the whole DLS order needs investigating, just as the Benedictines were investigated by IICSA and the current Scottish Inquiry. AND whether all connections with St Joseph’s, Ipswich, have been severed. I suspect there’s an unofficial connection just as there was with the Benedictines at Ampleforth.
My education was non-existent. I suffered severe mental and emotional trauma at age of six and seven — the consequences of which only became real when my own six-year-old son started school.
As was common in Ireland then, no one at home believed me. In fact, I was made to feel responsible for my abuse. This was counter-trauma, I’ve since learned.
I’ve asked for an education from the De La Salle order. I was treated with utter contempt by a representative. The order didn’t have the courage to meet with me in person, so they sent a messenger to scold and embarrass me. All I was asking for was a chance to be educated.
I am the remains of a beautiful little boy who was violated and has been in hiding ever since. Who had the same chances of surviving this
valley of tears as any other privileged middle-class farmer’s son in 1966.
I am a victim. I was used by an adult, whose job it was to care for and nurture me (nurture, care, console were words I didn’t know existed then). His job, as directed by the Department of Education and the De La Salle order, was to educate. But like thousands of others, he did the opposite.
A 22-year-old brother of the De La Salle order realised one of his fantasies with the help of my little six-year-old classmates. I was the centre of this fantasy.
His use of me continued for two years. Just two years was the entire time he spent in the school and the order. When he left Macroom he applied to the Vatican and was released from the order.
Where is he now, I’ve often wondered? Has he had a family? Did he enter another profession? Is he happy?
Has he continued to abuse?
The Catholic Church is an organisation whose sole reason for existence is to make money and to continue to wield power. Male dominance over utterly helpless women and children.
I’m sorry for myself that I didn’t have an education. Other members of my family did.
The Catholic Church failed a young man from Leitrim. They failed the De La Salle order and they failed the Department of Education.
I have tried and failed countless times to educate myself. I am the victim. I have been failed. But I’m not a failure.