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This is the Publication of an unfinished blog feel free to add any other research on St Stephen's Green Trust and Its Funding and Allegiances

 St Stephen’s Green Trust

I was going to put up a report entitled Socio-Economic Profile of Survivors in Irish Religious-run Institutions by Mary Higgins C.E.O. of Statutory Trust Fund; now “Caranua”.

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I have Uploaded the full Report and the <Link is HERE>.


From 2010 to 2013 Mary Higgins worked for the Catholic Church under the Guise of the St Stephen Green Trust. In 2013 she was appointed CEO of Caranua. 35 other candidates "with qualifications" were rejected.


In 2014, Mary Higgins entered into a contract with the Catholic Church company, "Towards Healing" on behalf of Caranua as far as I am Aware this Contract Subsidising a Service Funded by the Catholic Church for Survivors of Church Abuse using Survivors Money has NOT been Approved by the Caranua Board! .


I got sidetracked looking at the broader work of the Stephen’s Greens Trust so decided they deserved there own section!


So Here Goes!


Who are they?

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Sounds innocuous enough? Let’s dig a little deeper?


Looking at the 2013 Annual Report it States 


So it’s a Limited Company; nothing wrong with that?


Let’s look at the funding?

This is where it gets interesting!


“Porticus is the international organisation that manages the philanthropic programmes of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. We provide these entities with strategic advice on programmes and offer them a full array of grant management services.

Porticus builds on a heritage of charitable engagement that dates back to Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer, the two brothers who founded the clothing retailer C&A in 1841. In fact, the first record of a gift can be found in the personal ledger of August who, only months after founding the company, recorded a donation “to the poor”.”



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A little more of the Family History can be gleaned from the following?

“the firm's humble origins in 1841, when the brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeyer set up a small clothing store in the Dutch town of Sneek. Their first British store opened in 1922 and their staff register grew to more than 40,000. In creating an empire that made the family richer in Europe than either the Rothschilds or the Krupps, they kept strictly to their Roman Catholic origins.

A source said last night: "They adopted a Calvanistic, almost Quaker approach to business. Staff were looked after from cradle to grave, as long as they kept their noses clean. They left school, spent their life in the shops, and were rewarded with a decent pension. All they had to do was to offer unwavering loyalty."

Originally from Germany, the brothers, who adopted the motto Unity Makes Strength, insisted that the women in the family were excluded from the business. A key to their strategy was stealth. A Dutch journalist once overheard a family elder remark that "openness is a sign of weakness".

Even in their heyday in the late Seventies, with retail outlets in Britain, Germany, France, Holland, New York, Los Angeles and Florida, directors refused to speak in public. "We are a private company," they declared, "and therefore prefer not to make these things public."

Some controversy surrounds their activities in the late 1930s. As a Dutch-based operation, they were caught by a Nazi law prohibiting foreign ownership of firms in the Reich. However, they acted early to favour an anti-Semitic policy. In 1937, the family wrote to Goering, speaking of having successfully "penetrated the position of power held by Jews in the textile industry". They said: "Since the foundation of the firm, no non-Aryan has ever been employed by us."

Under a special status, they were said to have used nuns and monks to stitch clothes. Catholic customers got discounts. Still, the firm suffered badly during the war. Their shops were bombed by both sides or swallowed up by the Soviet Union advance.

After the war, the family fought for years against moves by the Dutch government to force publication of their annual report. They switched from a limited company into a private operation to limit access to accounts.

Changes in style began emerging in the mid-1990s as Next and Marks and Spencer began to seriously start stealing high street customers - although in Holland, C&A, because of an upright image and a traditional eye-on-the-guilder clientele, has never lost its step. In 1996, two non-family members were appointed to the British board. However, the old customs endured and male Brenninkmeyer heirs were still required to appear before a family gathering at the age of 14 to be quizzed about the business's code of conduct.”

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 Further link with the Family and the Catholic Church >

From 1988 to 2011 Mother Theresa Brenninkmeijer was the prioress, later abbess of a convent in Denmark.

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 'Ryan covers 18 hospitals, not named, where there were allegations of abuse of sick or disabled children.

'It also covers three deaf schools, Mary Immaculate School for Deaf Children, boys, run by The Daughters of the Cross of Liege, St Josephs School for Deaf Boys, 'Cabra', run by the Christian Brothers and St Mary's school for Deaf girls, Cabra, run by the Dominican Sisters.


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Comment by jack colleton on July 18, 2016 at 15:42

Surely We All Get It Already  ....  Legal Representation Needed Now.

Comment by jack colleton on July 18, 2016 at 15:44

Your Post Being Awesome Michael Never Noticed The Typo!

Comment by micheal on July 18, 2016 at 16:01


Comment by micheal on July 18, 2016 at 16:03

Hopefully Jack the can give us that.

Comment by jack colleton on July 18, 2016 at 16:29
Comment by jack colleton on July 18, 2016 at 16:35

Children’s institutions

11 The Government’s one-year follow-up report notes that the report of the Commission to

Inquire into Child Abuse22 (the Ryan Commission) was published in 2009, and that the government

published an action plan on foot of the recommendations in the report of the Ryan Commission.23

The Commission notes that the fourth and final report of the Ryan Report Monitoring Group was

published in March 2015.24 That report states that five of the 99 actions have not been


Comment by pauline jackson on June 19, 2017 at 17:37

.hadent heard of this either. But all the supposed support groups were only interested in our addresses and phone numbers. Once thay had these thay showed no interest in us. This is what thay claimed as help and support.

Comment by jack colleton on June 19, 2017 at 22:07

A Familiar Theme!  Helping Themselves!

Comment by Barbie on August 22, 2017 at 18:35

Well done Rob, all this information should be passed onto Clare Daly and Catherine Connelly - as usual the survivors are the last to know about any of this and these so called groups set up to help abuse survivors are only in it for their own gain. The church will as I have said many times get the money back and will use every method to do so we are all just pawns in the games.

Comment by jack colleton on August 22, 2017 at 19:29

The Church Continues To Be Well Served By The Guilty Involved Political Parties. And Was The "counselling" Any Good?

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