Covenant of Care – Safeguarding and Healing from Abuse UPDATES

By October 22, 2019 November 19th, 2019 News

VIDEO UPDATE Covenant of Care: Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis:

“The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to providing safe and respectful church communities and to protecting people from abuse and harm that results from abuse.” – Brenda Fitzgerald, Chair, Diocesan Committee for the Covenant of Care and Serious Misconduct Protocol 

Transcript – Brenda Fitzgerald: CLICK for PDF


VIDEO UPDATE Involvement of the Laity:

“For many years, each parish has been required to have a volunteer position known as a Parish Coordinator of Care. In September we reached out to parishes to provide an update regarding their person designated.” Theresa Campbell, Diocesan Coordinator of Care and Director of Operations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre

Transcript of Update from Theresa Campbell: CLICK for PDF

More information on training sessions in November/December 2019: DETAILS


VIDEO UPDATE from Bishop Mark Hagemoen:

“We need to listen to and support victims and survivors. This is the perspective from which all our efforts begin.” Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Transcript of Update from Bishop Mark Hagemoen:CLICK for PDF

Training sessions Nov. 26 and Dec. 3

Training sessions related to diocesan Covenant of Care and safeguarding policies, abuse prevention and response will be held at two locations:

7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon

Clergy, parish staff, Catholic Pastoral Centre staff, Parish Coordinators of Care, and volunteers working with children, youth or vulnerable adults are invited to attend one of the workshops, either in person, or via webinar conferencing. Other volunteers are also welcome to attend. There is no cost.

Registration is required: Please register online at

or for more information, please call (306) 659-5831 or e-mail

The workshops will be conducted by Theresa Campbell, Director of Operations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre and Lorie Harrison, Registered Professional Counsellor at Legacy Ridge – Trauma Recovery & Resource Centre.

Other Updates:

Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen about an episode of The Fifth Estate that aired on Nov. 17, 2019: UPDATE re: Covenant of Care and CBC program

Nov. 8, 2019 survey response from the Diocese of Saskatoon to The Fifth Estate television program about historical review of cases, and publication of names of persons who are “credibly accused” of sexual abuse: Diocesan RESPONSE

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has also posted an update on how the bishops are implementing guidelines on protecting minors from sexual abuse. The statement also addresses the question of publishing names of persons who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse, but not criminally charged and/or convicted: PDF of the CCCB Statement

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to providing safe and respectful church communities and creating healthy ministerial relationships, and to protecting people from abuse and the harm that results.