Requirements for those who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with children, youth, or vulnerable adults.

Policies for the Catholic Center, parishes, Catholic schools and other entities

Brochures, posters, links, other resources for safe environment and victim/survivor assistance

Names and assignments of individuals against whom there is a substantiated claim of abuse

How Local Parishes and Catholic Schools Help Establish Safe Environments for Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults

Protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults is of highest importance at parishes and Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese.

All clergy and parish, school and archdiocesan employees, as well as volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors or vulnerable adults must complete the Essential 3 requirements: participate in VIRTUS safe environment training, undergo a criminal background check, and adhere to a code of conduct.

Catholic schools and parish faith formation and youth ministry programs have been teaching children and youth age-appropriate lessons about personal safety and sexual abuse prevention since 2006.

Learn more about how parishes and Catholic schools work to establish safe environments under Promise to Protect.


News & Events

Thomas Johnson Steps Down as Ombudsperson, Replacement Named

May 19, 2020 — Twin Cities attorney Thomas L. Johnson recently announced he is stepping down from his position as ombudsperson for clerical sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis – a role in which Tom has served since January of 2018. The former Hennepin County Attorney cited health challenges as the reason for his decision. Continue reading

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2, 2020 — National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April, parishes are encouraged to increase awareness through bulletin announcements, at-home activities, online events, homilies and social media. Continue reading

Documents Posted: Third Independent, External Audit of the Archdiocese’s Safe Environment Policies and Procedures

January 28, 2020 – A third and final independent, external audit of the Archdiocese’s Safe Environment policies and procedures was conducted and it found that the Archdiocese is in substantial compliance with the Ramsey County Settlement Agreement. Continue reading

Impact of Awareness, Prevention and Response

First Number

Background checks on clergy, employees and volunteers since 2012

Second Number

Number of adults who have been VIRTUS trained since 2005

The Fourth Number

VIRTUS training sessions held in the Archdiocese since 2005