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A LETTER FROM BISHOP ARTHUR J. SERRATELLI

"Men should regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God... Moreover, it is required in stewards that a person be found faithful to his gifts." (1 Corinthians 4:1)

The Diocese of Paterson is dedicated to managing the temporal and human resources of the Church as faithful stewards. To fulfill the mission of the Church, we must perform our work in an ethical, accountable and caring manner. Therefore, we set high standards for ourselves and expect everyone to work within established diocesan policies and procedures and the guidelines set forth in the Code of Pastoral Conduct and other Diocesan policies and standards.

There are many procedures already in place within the Diocese of Paterson to help ensure accountability and transparency. For example, each parish is required to have a finance council and to provide an annual financial report to their parishioners. Schools have similar requirements. The Chancery of the Diocese posts its financial results on the Diocesan website, www.patersondiocese.org. Furthermore, we have an active internal audit function that monitors compliance with diocesan policies and procedures.

Beyond simply being stewards of the temporal goods of the church, the Diocese has also implemented policies and procedures to assure that all employees, parishioners, and the many children and vulnerable adults who are part of the Diocese can work, learn and worship in a safe environment free of abuse, harassment, bullying or other behaviors that are not consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

To support the extensive policies and procedures of the Diocese of Paterson, we have instituted a hotline to allow employees, volunteers, vendors, parishioners and other interested parties to report concerns they have regarding suspected financial or other misconduct. EthicsPoint, an independent third-party company, administers this hotline. The hotline is designed to provide a simple, risk-free means for reporting concerns about possible financial or other misconduct. Reports may be filed on this hotline via the web using this website, or via phone through one of EthicsPoint's trained specialists toll free at 855-247-3140.

Thank you for your interest and commitment to the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Paterson. May we continue to work together to be good and faithful stewards.

Asking God's blessing, I am

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D.

Bishop of Paterson

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Misconduct Involving Minors
Issues related to misconduct with minors and/or sexual abuse of minors can be reported by calling the Diocesan Response Team: Msgr. James T. Mahoney, (973) 777-8818 X 205 Sister Mary Edward Spohrer,(973) 777-8818, x248

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