Statement regarding Fr Peter Orr SJ

The website of the British Jesuits,, reports that in recent days an article in the media by David Orr (The Guardian, Saturday 27 August) has drawn attention to crimes carried out by his uncle, Fr Peter Orr SJ, a deceased member of the British Province.

The Jesuits in Britain are urging anybody who feels they need emotional or psychological support as a result of their contact with Fr Peter Orr SJ, to get in touch with their Safeguarding Co-Ordinator, Julie Ashby-Ellis, at [email protected].

Fr Peter Orr SJ also spent time in Ireland, and allegations of abuse have been received pertaining to his time in Ireland. Our Irish Safeguarding Officers want to offer their support should anyone need to contact us in this regard. We would urge anyone so concerned to do that.

We again take the opportunity to invite anyone who has experienced abuse at the hands of a Jesuit to contact our Irish Safeguarding Office, should they wish to.  Email: [email protected].