EIM (Ethics & Intergrity in Ministry)

 

At St. Thomas More, we have a shared commitment to ensuring our parish is a safe place for everyone, especially children and vulnerable adults. With this in mind, our community is committed to following the Diocese of Austin's Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) policies.

What is EIM?    

Ethics & Integrity in Ministry is a training and screening process focused on helping our community prevent and respond to abuse. It includes required workshops and background checks for all who work or volunteer in ministry with minors and vulnerable adults as well as policies for reporting abuse.

Who needs EIM​? 

         Everyone involved in ministry!

Start the EIM process     

Keep your EIM Certification current  

Every three years.

EIM at St. Thomas More

Our parish EIM site administrator is Debra Lohrstorfer. You may contact Debra for assistance with all EIM compliance matters at debra@stmaustin.org

To sign up to attend an EIM workshop, go to

https://www.eappsdb.com/Login.asp?ORGZ_KEY=4

to log in to your EIM account in order to find the workshop schedule and Sign Up for a Workshop (bottom right of your account page). If you don't recall your User ID/Password, please use the Alternate Login option to access your application. If you have never submitted an EIM application (online or paper copy), use the above link to create your EIM account and complete the application.

An EIM Workshop is required in addition to the EIM application for background check and must be attended every 3 years to remain in EIM compliance.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse and have concerns regarding your attendance at a workshop, please contact Emily Hurlimann at (512) 949-2447 to discuss an alternative workshop arrangement.

Thank you for your commitment to protecting children and the vulnerable from preventable harm.

Together we are Fulfilling our Commitment to Heal and Protect.

Report abuse or concerns

The Diocese of Austin is committed to preventing harm from happening to any of our children or vulnerable adults. If you are aware of sexual or physical abuse and/or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult, state law requires you to report that information to local law enforcement or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at (800) 252-5400 or www.dfps.state.tx.us. Additionally, if the suspected abuse is by clergy or an employee or volunteer of any diocesan parish, school or agency, a Notice of Concern should be submitted to the diocesan Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Office at (512) 949-2400. The Notice of Concern can be found at https://austindiocese.org/reporting. Reports may be made anonymously.

 

Patoral support for victims of sexual abuse

The Diocese of Austin is committed to providing confidential and compassionate care to victims of sexual abuse, particularly if the abuse was committed by clergy or a church representative. If you have experienced abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, please contact the diocesan coordinator of victims assistance and pastoral support at (512)949-2400.