Safe Environment

Protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults is of highest importance at parishes and Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese.

All clergy and parish, school and archdiocese employees, as well as volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors of vulnerable adults must complete the Essential 3 requirements: participate in VIRTUS safe environment training, undergo a criminal background check and adhere to a code of conduct.

Read the Sept. 2019 Letter to Volunteers>

Catholic schools and parish faith formation and youth ministry programs have been teaching children and youth age-appropriate lessons about personal safety and sexual abuse prevention since 2006.

Learn more about how parishes and Catholic schools work to establish safe environments under Promise to Protect.

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, your first call should be to law enforcement. Click here to learn more.

If you or someone you know has been abused, exploited or harassed by a priest, deacon, or a Church employee or volunteer, you are advised to contact Victim/Survivor Assistance at (651) 291-4475.