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Protecting God's Children

Keeping Our Promise to Protect





Out of concern for the safety and well-being of children, every diocesan, parish, school or religious education employee or volunteer who is involved with minors on a regular, recurring basis and those who may have an opportunity to be alone with children during parish, school or religious education sponsored events, are required to attend a Virtus Protecting God’s Children program.

Of all the safe environment programs available, Protecting God's Children was selected for the Joliet Diocese. It was determined to be the best possible program primarily because it is comprehensive, professional and appealing.

Here at St. Ann we require the following volunteers to abide by the Diocese of Joliet Policy:

  • Every adult who volunteers in the Religiouse Educstion Program in any capacity.  This includes catechists, aids, childcare volunteers, monitors,and  parents who spend time in the classroom or childcare room.
  • Every adult who volunters who drive or chaperone minors.  This includes but is not limited to, Faith in Action activies, all youth ministry events and trips, etc.
  • All adult volunteers who serve the St. Ann Football Team, including coaches, team parents, conscession stand workers, chain teams, etc.
  • All parish ushers who serve at any Mass or event.
  • All parish choir members.,
  • All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who distribute the Eucharist to the homebound.
  • Other possibilities occur within the parish where minors and vulnerable adults are served or are used as volunteers.  In these instances, there MUST be at a minimum of 2 fully trained adults serving as monitors. After the 2 adults, there MUST be one more trained adult for every 10 youth or vulnerable adults.

It is highly recommend by the pastor, that ALL adults who volunteer in the parish be fully trained.  This includes but is not limited to:  council volunteers, commission volunteers, all liturgical ministry volunteers, RE volunteers, and parish service/social groups; St. Vincent De Paul, Knights of Columbus, Council of Catholic Women and Men's Club.

The purpose of this training is to bring awareness to all volunteers in order to protect all children.

Click here to find a Diocese of Joliet "Virtus Protecting God's Children" workshop.

REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE Anyone with reason to believe that a child has been abused or is being abused should report their suspicions to civil authorities. Contact: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: 1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) or local police. The Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help victims/survivors of child sexual abuse by a cleric, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church. The Victim Assistance Coordinator will report to Bishop Conlon and coordinate efforts of pastoral support and outreach to assist in the healing process. The Victim Assistance Coordinator can also assist in making a report to civil authorities. Contact the Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-815-263-6467. 


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