Protection of Children & Youth
All of the faithful are called to Christ’s mission. The Church asks every believer to discover ways that he or she can realize this plan in every way appropriate—personally, in the family, in the neighborhood and parish, or as part of a larger organization. Your willingness to commit to service in the parish is just one way that you participate in the Church’s Mission. Participation in the life of the parish has both an outward and inward effect. Outwardly, your service contributes to meeting the spiritual needs of another. Inwardly, this same service contributes to the enrichment of your own faith. The parish is blessed by both the inward and outward expressions of faith.
Parishioners who desire to exercise their gifts in the areas of catechesis, youth ministry or outreach to vulnerable adults need to participate in program specific training. Also, in order to provide reasonable protections to the children and adults who are served in theses ministries volunteers are expected to complete specific steps before beginning their parish service. The necessary forms and training information is provided below.
Archdiocese Found in Full Compliance with Charter Requirements
Independent auditors have found the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to be in full compliance with the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This finding is based upon an analysis of audit data collected from parishes and schools across the Archdiocese in the Spring of 2012. The Archdiocese is grateful to all of you in parishes, schools and other locations who work to ensure that the Charter requirements are implemented. We appreciate your efforts and your continued cooperation to ensure we remain in compliance. We all know how important these efforts are in protecting our children. Thank you!
The Protection of Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has one goal – providing safe environments for all children. The initiative has two components:
Requirements – For clergy, teachers, volunteers and other adults who work with children.
Education – Age-appropriate, church-approved personal safety instruction for children in our Catholic schools, faith formation and youth ministry programs.