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Responsible Ministry

“I am responsible for the lives of all your father’s house.” 1 Samuel 22: 22

Responsible Ministry within the Diocese of Antigonish:

The Diocese of Antigonish has a responsibility to provide a safe and caring environment of respect and dignity for its faith community. The Diocese recognizes a duty of care to all in the faith community to minimize risk and to provide a safe environment in an open, transparent, and accountable manner.


Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse
(Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2018) strengthens protocols to protect victims and improves the process of responding to victims.
When we learn of alleged abuse involving a minor, the police are notified; the Bishop launches his own investigation with a committee involving laypersons and professionals, so the investigation is transparent and accountable



Policy for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct
has been established to deal with allegations made against clergy or anyone employed by the Diocese

Diocese of Antigonish Nova Scotia Policy for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct


The Protocol for Responsible Ministry provides guidelines and direction for the screening and supervision of volunteers and staff.

ResponsibleMinistryProtocol EN


Professional Standards Committee
  • Ms. Helen MacDonald, Chair
  • Rev. Charles Cameron
  • Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino
  • Mr. Jim Gogan
  • Rev. Norman MacPhee
  • Mr. Greg Purvis
  • Dr. John Rogers
  • Ms. Carolyn Toomey