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All CYO coaches and volunteers are required to attend the Safe Environment Program.

The Gospels of Mark and Luke include the story where Jesus reprimands his disciples for not allowing little children to come to Him. Our Lord 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 abuse has on children and young people and their families, and sadder still to consider the role our Church has played in many cases of it. The mission of the Archdiocesan “Safe Environment Program” is to learn from this terrible tragedy and to insure the safety of children and young people in Church ministerial settings.

We try to accomplish this in three ways:

1. By thoroughly screening and supervising all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people as part of their ministry.

2. By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child abuse to appropriate civil and Church authorities.

3. By holding all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.

Contact your local County Office for

details regarding the Safe Environment Program.