If a minor or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you suspect abuse of a minor, your first call should be to Civil Authorities.

For more information on reporting abuse and/or victim assistance, please visit the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth

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In June of 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a document titled, “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”  The “Charter” was a response of the bishops to counter crimes of sexual abuse within the church as well as the greater society.  Every diocese in the country is bound by this document, as are the parishes of a diocese.  Among the practical steps coming from the “Charter” is a requirement of criminal background checks of all church employees and volunteers.  An additional requirement is in-service training on the prevention of sexual abuse for all church employees and volunteers.

Requirements to Volunteer with Minors:

  • Return a completed background check packet which includes an application, permission to complete the background check and a code of conduct agreement.  Packets can be picked up in the Church and School offices. This packet also includes the minimum requirements to volunteer based the information received from the county and state reports and St. John’s volunteer policies.
    *Volunteers who have completed background checks and VIRTUS and still volunteer with children, youth and vulnerable adults are asked to sign a Code of Conduct annually. This Code of Conduct is included in the background check packet for new volunteers, and is available on line or through the coordinator of your volunteer ministry.

  • Attend a VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children sexual abuse prevention session.  These sessions are held throughout the archdiocese and attendance at any site in the archdiocese meets this requirement.  Virtus registration can be completed at www.virtus.org.

As a parish we need to be in full compliance with the steps outlined in the “Charter.”  Completion of the requirements is an important part to make our parish a safer place where all people can grow in the love of Jesus Christ.