The Archdiocese of Toronto has implemented a series of policies and procedures to foster a safe environment for all those who interact with the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Those we serve include young people, adults and seniors who all make up the body of Christ among us.
Candidates for the Permanent Diaconate – St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto provides a formation program for candidates for ordination to the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Deacons provide ministry for the dispossessed and disadvantaged, those who live on the margins of civil society as a result of poverty, sickness, crime and age. Candidates for the program must be between the ages of
35 and 59.
The selection process is rigorous. The candidate and his wife are interviewed extensively to ensure that the candidate does have a calling to order of deacon. There is an extensive screening process that includes a psychological profile.
Candidates for the Priesthood - The major purpose of St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto is to prepare men for the Catholic priesthood. Candidates are required to complete a package of admission materials that is detailed in nature and includes medical and psychological testing. The complete psychological assessment is an interpretive report based on a battery of psychological tests. The report addresses the following areas:
Self-representation and self-esteem
Affect integration and regulation
While each psychologist will have particular preferences with respect to the actual battery of tests administered, a typical battery might include the following:
These tests may be supplemented by additional tests administered by the psychologist.
Education programs for seminarians, priests and lay staff – The Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese visits the Seminary annually to provide instruction to seminarians and candidates for the Permanent Diaconate concerning the canonical and civil requirements associated with fostering a safe environment. From time to time the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese provides updates to priests and lay staff of the Archdiocese on developments in the area of safe environment.
Priests from outside of the Archdiocese – The Archdiocese requires a priest from another diocese or religious order who wishes to minister in Toronto to obtain the permission of his bishop or superior, who must complete a certificate providing full disclosure, attesting to the good character and history of the priest candidate.
Volunteer Screening Initiative – This is a program designed to create, maintain and promote a safe environment for all those to whom we minister, to support parish volunteers and preserve their safety, integrity and reputation as well as to ensure that we fulfill our duty and obligations as a caring faith community.
The Department of Volunteer Screening assists parishes in carrying out the program by providing workshops for committee members, parish visits, answering inquiries and supplying information and materials to complete the process. Visit the Volunteer Screening Department’s website for additional information.
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Message from His Grace, Archbishop Collins on Sexual Abuse
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- April 17/18, 2010