Volunteer Code of Conduct

In an ongoing effort to protect children, St Brendan Parish has a Code of Conduct for all parishioners and volunteers.  Our expectation is that all those who come in contact with children and youths follow this Code of Conduct. If you have any questions, please contact Penny Hansen at penny@stbrendans.net.  Thank you.

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Code of Conduct for St Brendan Parish

  • Volunteers work collaboratively with the Pastor and/or other supervisors/associates in ministry.
  • Volunteers faithfully represent and practice the teachings of the Catholic Church with integrity in word and action.
  • Volunteers are competent and receive education and training commensurate with their role(s) and responsibilities.
  • Volunteers respect the diversity of spiritualities in the faith community and will not teach or promote their own personal form of spirituality.
  • Volunteers recognize the dignity of each person and refrain from behaviors or words that are disrespectful of anyone or any group.
  • Volunteers serve all people without regard to gender, creed, national origin, age, marital status, socio-economic status, or political beliefs.
  • Volunteers act to ensure all persons have access to the resources, services and opportunities they require with particular regard for persons with special needs or disabilities.
  • Volunteers are accountable to the Pastor or other duly appointed representative.
  • Volunteers are called to serve the faith community, carrying out their ministry conscientiously, zealously, and diligently.
  • Volunteers exercise responsible stewardship of resources while holding themselves to the highest standards of integrity regarding fiscal matters placed in their trust.
  • Volunteers respect confidentiality.
  • Volunteers support parents’ rights and roles while ministering to the needs/concerns of minors.
  • Volunteers adhere to civil and ecclesial law, policy and procedure concerning the reporting of neglect, suspected abuse or when physical harm could come to the person or to a third party.
  • Each volunteer must immediately report any suspected case of child abuse and/or neglect to Fr Bob Penhallurick, Pastor, at 614.876.1272 ext 223 or frbob@stbrendans.net.  In the State of Ohio, reports of child abuse/neglect are also made to the Department of Job and Family Services/Public Children Services…614.229.7000.  In addition, the incident must also be reported to Diocesan Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, the Reverend Monsignor Stephen Moloney at 1.866.448.0217 or helpisavailable@columbuscatholic.org.
  • Volunteers are aware they have considerable personal power because of their ministerial position.  Therefore, they will sustain respectful ministerial relationships, avoiding manipulation and other abuses of power.  Physical, sexual, or romantic relationships between an adult volunteer and a minor are unethical and are prohibited.
  • Volunteers model healthy and positive behaviors with minors.  Procuring, providing, or using alcohol and/or controlled substances for or with minors is unethical and is prohibited.
  • Volunteers are aware of the signs of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and neglect.
  • Volunteers are aware of their limitations with respect to paraprofessional counseling and make appropriate referrals.
  • Volunteers are aware of and comply with all applicable parish, organizational and/or diocesan policies with special attention to sexual misconduct, safety, transportation, parental permission, and medical emergency policies.                                                                                                                    

Please retain a copy of this Code of Conduct for periodic review.  Thank you!