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Our diocese is committed to providing outreach to anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse currently or in the past, and to cooperate with civil authorities and be transparent if such allegations come forth. This is why we have established a Safe Environments Office, to provide outreach and to ensure that all parishes are conforming to the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.


It is our policy that any clergy, church staff, or volunteer who come into contact with children, elderly, and other vulnerable persons, must comply to a criminal background check and take part in our Protecting God’s Children (PGC) workshop. The training program offered by our eparchy is the Virtus Program.

Attendance is required before or immediately after hire or assignment date for anyone who may have contact with children. The three-hour workshop builds awareness and empowers attendees to intervene and prevent potentially harmful situations or behavior. Certificates are valid for seven years.

To find out if your certificate has expired or if you have any questions, contact our Safety Environment Office at 248-351-0440. Click “Register for Workshop” below for a list of upcoming workshops.