Procedures for Priests, Deacons and Religious

The Responsible Administrator shall apply all the procedures above for screening volunteers and employees to applicants who are priests, deacons, and religious. The procedures of this section are in addition to those previously stated in this document.

It is also the responsibility of the Archdiocesan Director of Clergy Personnel to ensure that all priests, deacons, religious and seminarians have completed the appropriate applications and fingerprinting prior to beginning their assignment.

  1. Criminal/Fingerprint Checks are included in the screening procedures for applicants to the priesthood, permanent diaconate, and pastoral life directors. The Directors of Clergy Personnel (for Priests and Permanent Deacons), Vocations (for Seminarians), and the Director of Ministry Formation and Development (for Pastoral Life Directors) are responsible for obtaining CJIS/Fingerprint Checks during the application and screening phase of recruitment.
  2. All superiors of religious communities proposing names of individual religious for ministry or residence at Covered Entities, as well as those simply requesting parochial faculties in the Archdiocese, are required to state clearly in writing to the Director of Clergy Personnel, that there is no history that would render the individual unsuitable to work with children.