Who we are

Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Adults

Who We Are

The Centre, the first of its kind at a Catholic university in North America, was founded by Karlijn Demasure. Her expertise in this field is recognized worldwide. She is a member of numerous task forces and advisory committees on sexual abuse, including a committee on protection at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

From 2021 to 2022, Dr. Marie-Rose Tannous was the Centre’s Director. She holds a doctorate in theology and a master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy. She is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Canon Law and a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is committed to centre development, academic training and teaching courses and conferences. Both as a psychotherapist and through her clinical experience, she has contributed to the protection of victims.

Our services
  • Training for individuals who work in the church or other settings where vulnerable individuals are potentially exposed to abuse.
  • Prevention through training in church facilities and, if desired, in others (on-site service). Contact us!
  • Supporting the healing of victims/survivors, their families and communities through our network of therapists and complaint centres.
  • Information during the period of reinstatement.
  • Basic posts on recent discussion in Church and society about abuse in all its forms.
  • Advanced research in the context of abuse.
Our Collaborators

Our committee accompanies the work of the Centre. Its members are :

  • Chad Glendinning
  • Valère Nkouaya Mbandji
  • John Renken
  • Jesu Pudumai Doss Maria James
  • The administrator of the centre responsible for logistics, technical support, organization and builds relationships between clients and professionals.
Our Professors
  • Karlijn Demasure
  • Jesu Pudumai Doss Maria James
  • Stéphane Joulain
  • Monique Lanoix
  • Mark Slatter
  • Marie-Rose Tannous
Our scientific approach

The Centre’s interdisciplinary approach reflects the outstanding research capabilities and close collaboration among the University’s four faculties: canon law, philosophy, humanities, and theology.

Call to Action

The protection of minors and vulnerable adults is an urgent concern today. We encourage all who share our passion to support the Centre to ensure the success and sustainability of this initiative and positive impact for minors and vulnerable persons.