A Catholic Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio

Safe Environment


St. Mary's Parish is committed to providing a safe environment for all children while they are in the care, custody, or control of any person working on behalf of the Church (ordained, lay, staff, or volunteer).

In the Diocese of Youngstown, we adhere to the Virtus program. This introductory program is designed to raise awareness about the reality of child sexual abuse. Through videos and facilitated group discussion format, the session helps participants become more familiar with the issues and myths surrounding child sexual abuse; signs of sexual abuse in children; behavioral patterns of perpetrators; steps the Church is taking to prevent future abuse; and a plan of action for adults to remain watchful for would be perpetrators.

The Diocese mandates that the following people must attend this workshop:
- All parish, school, and Diocesan employees, regardless of their level of contact with children
- All clergy and applicants to the ordained life
- Every volunteer in a school, program, or ministry for youth
- Volunteers for parish programs who have been delegated care, custody, or control of children

To register for a session, click here.

May we do all we can to ensure that all of us are safe, as we strive to build a community of true Christian love.


Catholic Diocese of Youngstown
Victim Assistant Coordinator

Dominic Colucy
[email protected]