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Diocese of Owensboro


Safe Environment

Safe Environment Program

Needed for Compliance

  1. Adult Background Check
  2. Required Online Safe Environment Training
  3. Code of Conduct
  4. Acknowledgement of Receipt of Revised Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures (see link below for "Revised Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures")

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The Gospels of Mark and Luke include the story where Jesus reprimands his disciples for not allowing little children to come to Him. Jesus 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 sexual abuse has on children and young people and their families, and sadder still to consider that this has occurred within our Church.

The mission of the diocese's "Safe Environment Program" is to insure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.

We pursue this mission in four 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.
  3. By verifying that all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people are prepared to follow Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct and respond appropriately to allegations of sexual abuse.
  4. By providing the opportunity for every minor in Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs to participate annually in a safety training covering the topics of sexual abuse prevention and the need to tell if abuse is occurring.


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To report suspected abuse:

Kentucky Child Protection Hot Line:
(Toll Free)

or your local Commonwealth Attorney.

Reporting Requirements

Diocesan Response to Reports

(B&W Printable Version)

To report abuse to the diocese, current or past, by anyone acting in the name of the Church, please call:
Pastoral Assistance Coordinator

Additional Links

Office Staff:

Sr.Ethel-Marie Biri, Director of Pastoral Planning & Parish Services
Molly Thompson, Coordinator

Diocesan Review Board

Mr. Ken Bennett
Mr. Mike Boone
Ms. Kaye Castlen
Rev. Mike Clark, JCL
Dr. Michael Farina
Mr. Mike Flaherty, Chair
Ms. Rhonda Gillham
Mr. Nicholas Goetz
Mr. Brandon Harley
Ms. Teresa Henry
Ms. Mary Beth Hurley
Ms. Kelly Roe
Sr. Ethel Marie Biri, SSND, Bishop's Liaison

United States Catholic Bishops Office for Child and Youth Protection