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Covenant of Care

The Covenant of Care is a code of conduct designed to create safe and respectful church communities and healthy ministerial relationships, and to protect people from abuse and the harm that results. The Covenant of Care protocol strives to provide proactive protection for:

  • children, youth and vulnerable adults, and
  • those who minister, including clergy, employees and church volunteers.

The Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol is designed to ensure that allegations of sexual abuse and other misconduct are handled responsibly, transparently and with all due care and attention. Together these two parts form the Covenant of Care & Sexual Abuse Misconduct Protocol, the present version of which is dated October 31, 2012, providing authoritative directives for all who minister within and on behalf of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

The Covenant of Care & Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol asks much of us. But let us be clear: we take up this responsibility and corresponding preventative and reporting requirements not only because of incidents of abuse in our Church, but primarily because the protection and care of those most in need is at the heart of the Gospel we proclaim and in the heart of the God who gives us life. May the legacy of the Diocese of Saskatoon be transparent faithfulness to the heart of Jesus, that all of God's people might find love, mercy and tender care in the arms of the Church.

Covenant Of Care & Sexual Abuse And Misconduct Protocol

To report sexual abuse or misconduct in our diocese:

First and foremost, if a crime has been committed, please contact the police in your area.

To report an incident to the diocese, please contact one of the following individuals: 

1. Anne E. Williams, BSW, RSW, SEP at (306) 220-0448 or awilliams.home [at] gmail.com

2. Blake Sittler, Dicoesan Coordinator of Care, at (306) 659-5834 or toll free at 1-877-661-5005 Extension *834 or bsittler [at] rcdos.ca

3. Fr. Kevin McGee, Vicar General, at (306) 659-5833 or toll free at 1-877-661-5005, Extension *83e or kmcgee [at] rcdos.ca

NEWS MEDIA inquiries:  Media outlets with questions about the Covenant of Care are invited to contact Kiply Lukan Yaworski, diocesan communications coordinator, (306) 659-5844, or kyaworski [at] rcdos.ca 

PARISH inquiries about the Covenant of Care and/or the diocesan protocols: Please contact Blake Sittler at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, (306) 659-5834 or bsittler [at] rcdos.ca

Covenant of Care conclusion:

The privilege of being called on in some of life’s most vulnerable moments is one of the greatest gifts of being Church. Together, we are invited to be God’s presence of love, mercy and compassionate healing. If we want to welcome God among us, we will do so in significant part by welcoming each and every one of God’s people. Jesus saves one of his most serious warnings for those who mislead or harm the “little ones” (Mt. 18:6).

The Covenant of Care & Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol asks much of us. But let us be clear: we take up this responsibility and corresponding preventative and reporting requirements not only because of incidents of abuse in our Church, but primarily because the protection and care of those most in need is at the heart of the Gospel we proclaim and in the heart of the God who gives us life. May the legacy of the Diocese of Saskatoon be transparent faithfulness to the heart of Jesus, that all of God’s people might find love, mercy and tender care in the arms of the Church.

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