Circle of Grace
The Archdiocese is committed to ensuring the safety of our children and young people in keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This effort is being realized by programs at 3 different levels.
Circle of Grace
A sexual abuse prevention program for children and youth in grades K-12. This program continues the effort first begun on September 1, 2011, in compliance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Cardinal DiNardo has directed that every parish in the Archdiocese implement the Circle of Grace, a program which provides faith-based safe environment lessons for children and youth in kindergarten through the 12th grades. This annual program provides grade-specific lessons each year to help children and young people develop the skills to protect themselves from sexual abuse. An essential parent component complements the grade-specific lessons. The Offices of Evangelization and Catechesis and Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization oversee the formation process. The Archdiocesan Office of Children & Youth Protection oversees the reporting process.
Due to the copyright attached to this program, resources are available in the "Parish Resources" section of the website. These are intended for use by pastors and PCLs.
Parish Catechetical Leaders (DREs and CYMs), who utilize this program, are asked to carefully read and follow the links for training resources, lesson plans, parent newsletters, and additional resources. All resources can be downloaded and printed.
This program is for teens who work with other minors in a ministerial setting. It is designed to equip the teens, in an age-appropriate manner, with the skills and information necessary to help prevent the abuse and exploitation of young people. It is administered by the Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Learn more about Jeremiah 1:7
VIRTUS' Protecting God's Children
This program is designed to equip adults who work with minors with the skills and information necessary to help prevent the abuse and exploitation of young people. It is required for all adults who have regular contact with minors. It is administered by the Archdiocesan Office of Safe Environment. Learn more about Protecting God's Children
VIRTUS' Keeping the Promise Alive
This program is a required, refresher course for all adults who have previously completed the Protecting God's Children. It is administered by the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office. Learn more about Keeping the Promise Alive