Protecting God's Children
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone ministering to minors and vulnerable adults (clergy, employees and volunteers) in the Archdiocese are required and asked to register in the new system before December 31, 2020. This includes those new to service and those who are currently in service. For those who have already attended a Protecting God’s Children workshop, your previous training date will transfer to this new system. In addition to attending a live Protecting God’s Children workshop, all clergy, volunteers, and employees will register for an updated background screening, view two new online training modules on abuse reporting and the Code of Ethical Conduct, and agree to the updated Code of Ethical Conduct. Please go to www.preventandprotectstl.org to register. PASSCODE NEEDED is stlprotect
You may contact Mariellyn Hays, our parish Child Safety Coordinator, with any questions or for further assistance at 314-837-3410.
For parents of students enrolled at All Saints Academy, please contact Ann McKay at the School Office (3500 St. Catherine Street, Florissant, MO 63033) - send an e-mail or call 314-921-3023.
Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:
Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
Missouri Department of Social Services
Children’s Division Hotline Reporting Number:
From the Pastor's Pen - August 11, 2019
Fr. Nickolai and I both addressed the painful area of clergy abuse of children (see below for link to a brief summary), after Archbishop Carlson published a list of any priests with “credible allegations” going back 50 years. This was in advance of a list soon to come out by the Missouri Attorney General. While this is a broad societal problem, with similar percentages of offenders among all groups, special harm is done to those who are victimized by someone in a position of great trust and faith. The Church continues efforts of screening applicants at every stage, and monitoring all in ministry, ordained or not.
Click here to read notes from Fr. Tom and Fr. Nickolai, which they each shared in recent homilies.
Read a recent article from Psychology Today Top 10 Myths about Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church