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Brian J. Halferty Award

The Brian J. Halferty Award is given to a Chaplaincy Leader currently serving in a school who contributes to the role of Chaplaincy, above and beyond the regular demands of the Chaplaincy Leader’s ministry, which positively affects the role and position of all Chaplaincy Leaders in Ontario.

The inaugural award was given in 2007 to the Award's namesake, Brian J. Halferty.

Brian Halferty had a significant impact on the development of high school chaplaincy in Ontario. Beginning his career in Catholic education in 1987, Brian was an integral part of the formation of the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario (CSCO) organization.He, along with other pioneers of CSCO, co-wrote the CSCO Constitution and By-Laws, as well as created and maintained the website. Brian served a total of twelve years on the CSCO Executive including 4 years as President. The efforts of Brian and other early CSCO members helped to guide high school chaplaincy as it became an established
and professional component of Catholic Education in Ontario. Brian Halferty retired from Chaplaincy with the Toronto Catholic District School Board in 2007.

Passionate about the work of L’Arche, Brian maintained relationships in the organization both locally and internationally. He spent time with Henri Nouwen’s while he was at L’Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill.

2019 Recipient
Deacon Dr. Dominic Pullano


















He later served CSCO as President (2000-2004) and Past President (2004-2008).
During this time he worked to support the writing team of the 2004 ACBO document, “Pastoral Guidelines to Assist Students of Same-Sex Attraction, chaired the committee that wrote "A Covenant For Responsible Ministry:  A Code of Conduct for Catholic School Chaplaincy Leaders," which was published in January 2009.  

Though Dominic retired from Durham CDSB in April 2019, he continues to support and advocate for CSCO and the import role of chaplaincy in our Catholic Schools!

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient of the Brian J. Halferty Award, Deacon Dr. Dominic Pullano!​Awarded annually, the Brian J. Halferty Award is given to a chaplain currently serving as a chaplain who has contributed to the role of chaplaincy, above and beyond the regular demands of the Chaplaincy Leader’s ministry, which positively affects the role and position of all Chaplaincy Leaders in Ontario.


In September 1989, Dominic  began his journey in ministry as a chaplain with the Halton Catholic District School Board.  Over the next 20 years, he served as chaplain in five Halton Catholic secondary schools before moving to the Durham Catholic District School Board in 2008 as the Adult Faith Animator.


In 1992, Dominic was elected as Vice-President of the CSCO and he served in that role for 4 years.  As VP, he contributed to the Executive’s efforts to finalize and publish our Constitution and also worked on a team to write the first set of School Chaplaincy Guidelines in the Province of Ontario.