As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by our Diocese. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing. In order to achieve the above, the diocese has a Safe Environment Program that implements training, screening, background checks and other procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Every parish, school, and Diocesan agency has the program and each is responsible for program implementation and continuation.
A certification program offered to empower parishes and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. All employees must be VIRTUS certified. All volunteers, over the age of 18, who have the opportunity to be alone with or in proximity to either a minor (below 18 years of age) or a vulnerable adult, Examples include: catechists (Faith Formation teachers, Adults teaching in Middle School and High School Youth Ministry), choir members, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, others in similar capacities, must be VIRTUS certified as well.
Keeping Kids Safe
An annual program offered to all youth enrolled in Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Pre-K through 12 grades. Age appropriate curriculum is offered as well as an option for the parents to opt-out. Curriculum may be found on the Diocesan Webpage.
Sr. Mary Yvette Gillen, RSM | [email protected]