Child and Youth Protection

Office of Child and Youth Protection

“In 2002, the bishops of the United States approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. [Since that time] there has been striking improvement in the Church’s response to and treatment of victims.

Children are safer now because of the creation of safe environments, and action has been taken to permanently remove offenders from ministry.  Yet much work still needs to be done.” (National Review Board)

“Again, with [the] 2011 revision of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, we re-affirm our deep commitment to creating a safe environment within the Church for children and youth.” (USCCB)

“Let there be no doubt or confusion on anyone’s part: For us, your bishops, our obligation to protect children and young people and to prevent sexual abuse flows from the mission and example given to us by Jesus Christ himself, in whose name we serve.” (USCCB)

The Office of Child and Youth Protection in the Diocese of Jefferson City is here to help Protect and Heal.

For further information please click here.

Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions in our diocese:

2/9/2017, 6:30PM- Saint Thomas More Newman Center (Columbia)

2/9/2017, 6PM- Mary Immaculate Parish (Kirksville)

2/16/2017, 6:30PM- Saint Thomas More Newman Center (Columbia)

2/21/2017, 6:30PM- Saint Mary Parish (Shelbina)

2/27/2017, 7PM- Saint Joseph Parish (Palmyra)

3/25/2017, 10AM- Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center (Jefferson City)


For Virtus Registration please click here, and select Jefferson City, MO.

If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church, believe in the possibility for Hope, Help and Healing.

Please contact:

  • The Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.3738
  • The Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.0210
  • Your local civil authorities
  • The Diocese of Jefferson City: Mike Berendzen:573.694.3199