In an effort to ensure the safety of minors in the care of the Diocese, background screenings with be conducted for church personnel.

Church personnel is defined by the Diocese’s policy as:

  • All clergy
  • Religious sisters and brothers
  • Seminarians
  • All employees and all volunteers who have access to minors while serving in organizations and/or programs sponsored by or endorsed by local parishes and school.

The Office of Child and Youth Protection oversees the implementation, management, and processing of all forms necessary to conduct the appropriate background screening investigations.

Background screening will consist of:

  • A criminal history record check
  • A check with the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry
  • Social Security Number verification
  • Driver’s history check if driving minors or part of job responsibility
  • Credit Check if responsible for handling money or making financial decisions

Background Screenings are completed every 5 years.

FAQs:

  • Can I still volunteer if I have been convicted of a crime?
    • YES.
    • If the background screening indicates a concern as to suitability, the applicant will be notified and be provided with a copy of the report(s), and a copy of a summary of the individual’s rights under the fair Credit Reporting Act. An adverse letter will also be sent with directions allowing the applicant to affirm, refute, and/or explain the data in the report, which must be written and postmarked within 5 working days of receipt of the letter.
  • Who reviews the background screening results?
    • The Office of Child and Youth Protection reviews the results and if no adverse action is needed will deem the applicant suitable for the position.
    • If more action is needed, an adverse letter will be sent to the applicant and the Background Screening Review Committee will determine the suitability of the applicant for the position.
    • Only the Office of Child and Youth Protection and the Background Screening Review Committee views the data from the report(s). Reports will not be distributed to parishes, school, diocesan offices, or other institutions except as agreed in the screening information submitted by the individual.

International Priests
The Office of Child and Youth Protection will complete an international background screening and require a letter of suitability. An International priest must complete all of the Diocese’s requirements per the policy. (Please contact Priest Personnel for more information)

Visiting Priests
A visiting priest (funerals, weddings, baptisms) must provide a letter of good standing from their Bishop. (Please contact Priest Personnel for more information)

Security
All information obtained from the background screening will remain confidential and will be retained in a secured location by the Office of Child and Youth Protection.