Compensation for care homes abuse

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The claims relate to former Nazareth House children's homes Victims of abuse at Nazareth House children's homes have been paid official compensation and more could follow, BBC Scotland has learned. Full Story
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isabel andrews

Doncaster, UK

#1 Sep 15, 2006
the public need to know just what it was like for us living with the constant threat of fear and abuse,i am one of three sisters brought up in that place one sister took her own life at 25 years old in 91, and the other suffers severe depression because of what they did to us,these people need to be held accountable,our stories must be heard so it never happens again.
betty reynolds

France

#2 Sep 21, 2006
I lived in nazareth house from feb. 1948 till june 1958. The nuns abuses were remarks about our family. I received physical abuse the first night I was there from two big girls or adults in charge of the nursery.one of them hurled me against the wall because I was crying to go home. I was bruised all down mt left Head to legs, and was kept in the church sanctuary a few days in hiding. Another adult girl named teresa Mc Quillan burst my eardrum when I Was 8 or 9. I still suffer earache to this day.and I'm deaf in this ear. I hate teresa mc quillan to this day. Apart that we had good laughs in Nazi House, as we called it.I live in France and only when I had my own kids did all this come back.
marian Henderson

Edinburgh, UK

#3 Oct 11, 2006
betty reynolds wrote:
I lived in nazareth house from feb. 1948 till june 1958. The nuns abuses were remarks about our family. I received physical abuse the first night I was there from two big girls or adults in charge of the nursery.one of them hurled me against the wall because I was crying to go home. I was bruised all down mt left Head to legs, and was kept in the church sanctuary a few days in hiding. Another adult girl named teresa Mc Quillan burst my eardrum when I Was 8 or 9. I still suffer earache to this day.and I'm deaf in this ear. I hate teresa mc quillan to this day. Apart that we had good laughs in Nazi House, as we called it.I live in France and only when I had my own kids did all this come back.
I am trying to locate Rose Angel who lived in Nazareth House kilmarnock for many years. Her date of birth is 24 sept 1944. Would you know anything about her wherabouts. Thanks for your help with this
ashamed

UK

#4 Oct 23, 2006
I work for the nazareth house in Glasgow and i have no respect for the nuns at all.
I am a roman catholic and it sickens me to see them at church and all the parishoners thinking they are so nice.
They are very arrogant and cold and look down on staff,it makes me ashamed to be a catholic.
These people are supposed to be women of the cloth,but are they?
We live in the year 2006,and now we must ask ourselves..have nuns really changed after all these years?
margaret mason

UK

#5 Oct 26, 2006
i was in nazareth house aberdeen from 1960-1962 my name was morgan then i was in st annes group and would like to hear from any of the girls from around that time?
marian obrien

UK

#6 Nov 3, 2006
i was in nazareth house in belfast in the 1960s the nuns there forced me to eat fish and told me if i was sick they would give me more
Heather Mackenzie-Ross

Croydon, Australia

#7 Nov 4, 2006
Let me start by congratulating the people who have spoken up about what happened. You are all very brave and I have so much respect for you. As Isabel Andrews said, the public do need to know what happened in the convents.
My Mum was brought up in Nazareth house in Kilmarnock, her name was Phyllis Diamond and she had a sister, Violet who also grew up there. She was there from 1947 until she was 18.
The stories she has told me are just unforgivable. I am just so proud of her for turning her life into something special and raising four great kids.
If anyone remembers Mum or would like to be in contact, please email me at:

heather_mackenzie_ross@hotmail .com
Christine UK

UK

#9 Feb 8, 2007
I am trying to contat Sarah Hunter aka Sally who was in Nazareth House Belfast in the 1940s she went on to join the WRACs and she will be about 72 now. Any info at all would be gratefully received.
Christine UK

UK

#10 Feb 8, 2007
Sorry amendment to the above post, you can email me on chrisandmitcho@yahoo.co.uk thanks.
Maureen Campbell

Sharpsburg, GA

#11 Feb 10, 2007
I do not know if this thread is even active still but I hope so. My mother and her brother were placed in Nazareth House in Belfast in the 1930's. My uncle, deceased since 1985, spoke of the cruelty of the nuns saying, "those women have a lot to answer for..."

My mother, interestingly enough, has told us that she did not experience any cruelty at Nazareth House. I don't believe her. In fact, I think she cannot face what she went through. To know the her story could explain a lot for me and my siblings, who have suffered the fate of being raised as though we were inmates in an orphanage.

It is almost impossible for me to believe that there could be an orphange staffed with "nice nuns" in Belfast in the 30's and 40's when my siblings and I experienced the stunning cruelty of the Sisters of Mercy in a parochial school in the U. S. in the 1960's and early 70's.

I only happened upon the horrors of the Nazareth Houses through an internet search after my mother finally told me the name of the place--when I was 47 years old...If the nuns were so dang nice, why is it that she never was able to talk about it much?

I know there are other children of these victims who may experience the same things we do , mostly the giant question marks about what really went on.

I am interested in communicating with people who were in the Nazareth Houses and their children. I seek enlightenment.
Maureen Campbell

Sharpsburg, GA

#12 Feb 10, 2007
I neglected to include my email address in my post:

mbeck_30263@yahoo.com
Liz

Marysville, WA

#13 Feb 15, 2007
Maureen Campbell wrote:
I neglected to include my email address in my post:
mbeck_30263@yahoo.com
My mother was raised in the Nazareth House in Belfast in the 20s and 30s. She ended up in a mental institution because of all the stress and abuse she endured. In fact, many survivors of the institutions in Ireland ended up with severe problems or committed suicide. How can you be normal when from infancy you are shown nothing but derision and punishment for simply being born? She was told daily that she was not fit for decent people, and the most she could possibly hope for was to be hired as a servant. Being born out of wedlock was her crime.
Needless to say, I have nothing but criticism for the Catholic Church. The institutions were like concentration camps for children. The worst part is that it's been swept under the carpet and the perpetrators have never even expressed one ounce of remorse for what they did to these innocent children.
Diane

AOL

#14 Apr 29, 2007
It was not limited to Europe alone. Here in the US we were isolated from siblings, told we were dirty, never allowed to wear underwear to bed while Sister Bethlehem made us lift our legs doing exercises in the air. Sister Bridgette was evil and mean. Priests we served meals to including msgrs and bishops who took advantage of us. No one to tell , no one to listen. The abuse was haunting and remains very much alive today. Her at Nazareth House San Diego. I lost my faith, my virginity, my innocence and my family. They took it all .
Margaret Goggins

Inverness, UK

#15 Jun 4, 2007
I was in \nazareth house KIlmarnock and Nazareth House Aberdeen with my two sisters Ann and Teresa and my brother Joseph. I left NH Aberdeen in 1963 when I was 15. I returned there to work in the old folks part with my daughter Genevieve in 1972 and we lived in at the lodge at the front gate. The nuns tried to take her from me and tried to make her sleep in the dormitories with the other children but as I knew what had gone on there, I refused.
Does anyone remember me?
Margaret Goggins

Inverness, UK

#16 Jun 4, 2007
I remember Phyllis and Violet Diamond from NH KIlmarnock and I also remember Betty Reynolds. Does anyone remember Sister Eugenius? She was the most cruel person I ever met. Does anyone remember Sister Hildegarde? What a nasty piece of work she was.
Margaret Goggins

Inverness, UK

#17 Jun 4, 2007
Can I ask if anyone has any photographs of when they were in Nazareth House, Aberdeen? I just want to borrow them and would return them.
BeetRoot

UK

#18 Jun 4, 2007
How these people can claim to be Catholic is beyond me. Do they think Jesus was the sort of bloke who would have approved of this type of horrendous bullying? I really can't get my head around it.
Margaret Goggins

Poole, UK

#19 Jun 5, 2007
Beetroot, in actual fact, these nuns did believe that they were doing what they did to us in God's name. They really believed that when they were bashing the hell out of us, that they were getting rid of the 'evil' in us and that they were God's instruments. When someone's mindset is as cruel as that, there is and was, no stopping them. We were the children no-one wanted, and we were left to the mercy of these evil women. It is my belief to this day, that many of the agencies concerned at the time - the police, social services, teachers, knew what was going on, but chose to either not believe it or just ignored it. At that time, many years ago, the standing of the Catholic Church was considerable, and so it was credible for people not to believe what was going on behind the high walls of these homes.
orfenboy

Port Townsend, WA

#20 Jun 5, 2007
Diane wrote:
It was not limited to Europe alone. Here in the US we were isolated from siblings, told we were dirty, never allowed to wear underwear to bed while Sister Bethlehem made us lift our legs doing exercises in the air. Sister Bridgette was evil and mean. Priests we served meals to including msgrs and bishops who took advantage of us. No one to tell , no one to listen. The abuse was haunting and remains very much alive today. Her at Nazareth House San Diego. I lost my faith, my virginity, my innocence and my family. They took it all .
Hi Diane,

I just came across your post. I was at Nazareth House in San Diego. When were you there? I'm not recognizing the names of the nuns you mention, but I would be interested in sharing memories. I was there 1959-63. I'm starting to write about my life during those four years and wonder what years you were there. Thanks. OB
Margaret Goggins

Barnetby, UK

#22 Jun 10, 2007
Hello, Margaret. I'm sorry I haven't replied to you. I have been quite unwell lately, having had a heart attack a few weeks ago and finding things quite difficult all round at the moment. I'm sorry if you are upset and feel I have ignored you. it was not at all intentional.
Sister Claude was the one I couldn't bring to mind. Isn't it funny that when you can't remember some things and try really hard to remember and then it suddenly comes to mind. What are you doing these days? Do you have family? I have seven children - four girls and three boys. They are all grown up now and I have 10 grandchildren, one of whom I have custody of. He will be 8 tomorrow. I've only seen my sisters on about 3 occasions since I left NH in Aberdeen. My brother I have never met since I left. I used to go back when I left to see my youngest sister Anne, but one day when I went there she had gone. I believe, though, she still lives in Aberdeen.
I live in Buckinghamshire now.
I don't know about others here, but do you get periods of time when you just can't think about those days, that it hurts too much. And then others when you want to remember and names come back to you and you wonder what became of people who were there with you?

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