A Safe Environment for the Protection of Children and Young People
The Gospels of Mark and Luke include the story where Jesus reprimands His disciples for not allowing little children to come to Him. Jesus asserts that His Father’s Kingdom belongs to little children.
Our Lord was emphasizing the openness, trust, and sheer wide-eyed wonder with which children approach life. He wanted his followers to contemplate the possibilities of God’s Kingdom for them with the same childlike wonder.
It is extremely sad, therefore, to contemplate the terrible effects that the crime of child sexual abuse has on children and young people and their families, and sadder still to consider that this has occurred within our Church.
The mission of the Diocese of Lafayette’s program, “A Safe Environment for the Protection of Children and Young People” is to insure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.
This mission is pursued in three ways:
- By thoroughly screening and supervising all members of the clergy (priests and deacons), as well as all employees and volunteers who work with children and young people as part of their ministry.
- By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child abuse to appropriate civil and Church authorities.
- By holding all members of the clergy, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.
The Diocese of Lafayette gives interested person an opportunity to explore its programs further or just get in touch with them. The Safe Environment staff is also pleased to offer you whatever assistance or information you may need. Please feel free to contact them:
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Safe Environment Training
The VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children Online Awareness Training may be used to complete required yearly Continuing Education for Safe Environment.
This is for volunteers who are in need of Continuing Education. Initial Trainings must still be attended in a live session. Live sessions are held periodically at St. Peter Church and are announced.
For step by step instructions on how to access the online recertification training print from the link below:
Click the button below to begin the VIRTUS Online Training Session.