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

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

Archdiocese Commits to Further Action Following Fulfillment of Ramsey County Settlement Agreement

January 28, 2020 – Ramsey County District Court Judge Teresa Warner today discharged the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from Court oversight of its safe environment policies, practices and procedures. Continue reading

Eighth Report by the Archdiocese on its Status and Progress of Implementation of the Settlement Agreement

January 28, 2020 – This morning, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office appeared at its final scheduled, periodic hearing in Ramsey County Court before Judge Teresa R. Warner. 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