Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
The US Province of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all children and vulnerable adults who interact with its members and are involved in its ministries. We have put in place clear standards of conduct for all members as well as procedures for investigating and reporting any allegations of abuse or misconduct to the appropriate civil authorities.
The US Province abides by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, developed in 2002 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In keeping with the recommendation of the U.S. Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the US Province has contracted with Praesidium, Inc, the national leader in abuse risk management, to independently accredit our province policies and our adherence to the Charter provisions. Praesidium provides consultation, risk management assessment, policy development, and training materials for use in preventing sexual misconduct and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The US Province maintains Praesidium accreditation through periodic audits by independent auditors and ongoing training for each Spiritan to establish awareness, prevention and proper response to allegations of sexual misconduct per Praesidium’s accreditation standards.
We recognize that abuse of any kind causes lasting pain and damage for the abused and their families as well as the larger Catholic and Spiritan communities. We continue to offer compassion, prayers, and support for all survivors of abuse and strive to make sure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
How to Report an Allegation of Abuse
If you have been abused by a Spiritan priest or brother, or if you believe that someone you know has been abused, you are urged to advise the US Province by contacting the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator through the provincial office at 412-831-0302 or by sending a e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We pledge to respond with openness and transparency offering pastoral and spiritual support with a commitment to promote healing and reconciliation. We also encourage you to reach out to the appropriate civil authorities in the location where the abuse took place. Please contact the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator for further information on our Spiritan response.
The Spiritan Commitment
We Spiritans are concerned for any victims who have suffered abuse by a Spiritan of the US Province and for the families of those victims. We will offer pastoral and spiritual support to them, as well as professional counseling if requested. Our hope and prayer is to bring some healing and peace to anyone who has suffered such abuse.
We Spiritans have dedicated ourselves to preventing sexual abuse. By establishing boundaries for healthy ministry with minors and by maintaining a constructive fraternal vigilance, we can minimize, even obviate the possibility of sexual abuse. Such prevention begins with education and training, both during initial as well as on-going formation.
We Spiritans pledge our active cooperation and compliance with civil authorities. All allegations of child sex abuse will be reported immediately to appropriate agents of the government.