Pastoral References for Catholic School Board Positions


The Diocese of Hamilton, in conjunction with the Catholic School Boards, has instituted a revised Pastoral Reference protocol which applies to all school boards within the diocese. The new pastoral reference can be used for any of the boards; individual references for differing boards is not required. While other parishes in the diocese may implement these directives differently, at St. Paul’s, we will be following the format outlined below. Please note that Pastoral References will be considered for those who are registered with our parish.

The pastoral reference has 2 parts:
1) The candidate will attend an in-person meeting with a priest or his designate to discuss the reference. This will provide the clergy with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the teacher/teacher candidate and to gain an understanding of their faith life and how they apply the faith to their role within the education system.


To assist the candidates in preparing for the meeting, the diocese has provided The Faith
We Believe: Unpacking the Creed
(link below) to read ahead of time. The candidate should
come prepared to discuss insight(s) they have received from the document, such as things that are particularly important, or some connection they discovered between the faith we profess and the important ministry they wish to undertake as a Catholic teacher.


In the meeting the candidate will discuss the role of a teacher in the Catholic School as more than a job or an occupation; it is a vocation, and a very important one as teachers work with young children in their most formative years. The teacher's faith and witness to their students is important in the child’s own faith journey, and the practice of the faith is an element of being a teacher that should not be overlooked. You should come prepared to discuss the importance of practicing the faith in your life, and what you bring through your faith to the classroom of our Catholic Schools.

2) Following the in-person meeting, a formal Profession of Faith is made by the teacher/teacher
candidate in the presence of a priest. The Profession of Faith is normally done on Tuesdays
following the 7pm Mass. The priest will then sign your Profession of Faith, and it is ready for
submission to the School Board.

Normally, the first meeting will be facilitated by the Parish Minister, Arden Ouellette . Those seeking a reference are asked to contact Arden Ouellette to set up a meeting. Any questions about this process should be directed to Arden Ouellette, or by calling 905-332-51l5.

The documents that the candidate should familiarize themselves with prior to the interview  are attached here:

The Faith We Believe: Unpacking the Creed
Teacher Reference and Profession of Faith