Who Needs to be EIM Compliant, and Why
We are all Called to Protect.
Clergy, religious, paid staff and all volunteers working with minors and/or vulnerable adults at any parish, Catholic school or diocesan location are required to complete an Application for Ministry/background check and attend an EIM workshop every three years.
Ministry with minors and/or vulnerable adults pertains to any ministry, program or organization that serves youth or vulnerable adults in any manner or which functions at a time and place where minors or vulnerable adults are typically present. A listing of such ministries/programs or organizations includes, but is not limited to:
- religious education, youth ministry, Catholic schools, homeschooling organizations that use church property or identify as a parish ministry, homebound/hospital ministry, parish nursery and mother’s day out/pre-school programs, liturgical ministries (i.e. hospitality/ushers, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, lectors, choir/music ministry, etc), societies of St Vincent de Paul, parish/school sponsored scout groups and other activities/programs for youth.
- EIM compliance is required for the leadership of parish and diocesan organizations that may serve youth even though their primary function is not necessarily to serve youth (i.e. ladies/men’s clubs, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver, Serra Club/vocations ministry, etc); for members of such organization the EIM compliance requirement may be waived if participation is limited to times and places when minors are not present.
- Pastors and principals may determine that those in any parish/school leadership position (i.e. ministry and organization leaders and Pastoral, Finance and Stewardship Council members, school advisory board members) should be in compliance with these diocesan EIM policies as a symbol of leadership within the parish/school and support of the policies of the church.
- Pastors and principals may choose to include additional ministries/organizations to this listing at the local level.
Compliance with EIM policies, by persons who do ministry where minors and vulnerable adults may be present, provides educated eyes and ears and voices to assist our church is doing all that it can to keep young people and vulnerable adults safe from preventable harm. We are all called to protect.