Skip to main content
Close-up of hand holding black pen, reviewing a piece of paper.

Safeguarding Protocol and Volunteer Screening

If you wish to report a case of sexual misconduct please contact the Bishop’s Delegate as indicated below:

Bishop’s Delegate

The Bishops of Canada launched a national service for reporting situations of sexual abuse committed or covered-up by a Bishop:

Bishop Reporting System

In accordance with Canon 7 of the Code of Canon Law, Bishop Crosby promulgated the revised Protocol and Policy for Cases of Alleged Sexual Misconduct in the Diocese of Hamilton.

This new protocol will aid the Diocese in the continuing task of safeguarding vulnerable individuals and responding swiftly and appropriately to allegations of sexual misconduct in the Diocese of Hamilton.

The revised protocol has taken effect on May 31, 2017 and revised on May 31, 2021, without prejudice to the prescripts of Canon 8.2 of the Code of Canon Law.

Protocol and Policy in Cases of Alleged Sexual Misconduct [PDF]

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Persons: A Sacred Trust [PDF Brochure]


Keeping our parishes safe for all!

“For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.”

(Matt. 25: 36-37)

Why Must We Screen?

  • create and maintain a safe environment for children and other vulnerable persons
  • to provide support and safeguards to our volunteers and our church
  • any organization that provides programs to vulnerable people has a moral, legal and spiritual obligation to appropriately screen those who work for them, including volunteers.
  • screening is legally required under the principle of ‘Duty of Care’

Who Must Be Screened?

  • All volunteers, both existing and new are to be screened. The screening requirements and procedures may vary from one ministry to another, depending on the level of risk. (see Manual for details)
  • It is important to remember that it is the nature of the ministry and the inherent level of risk which dictates the need for screening and not the character of the volunteer.

Please click below for important screening material:

  • Letter from the Bishop
  • Online Manual
  • Forms
  • Upcoming Training / Information Sessions

Volunteering has been the mainstay of most programs and ministries offered in our parishes. We need to continue to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions of our many volunteers.

Please click here for Volunteer Screening Manual

Screening in Faith Volunteer Guidelines



Francis Doyle, BA (Hons.)

Vice-Chancellor (Temporal Affairs)

905-528-7988 Ext. 2235
Send Email