The Gospels of Mark and Luke include the story where Jesus reprimands his disciples for not allowing little children to come to Him. Our Lord 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 Archdiocese'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.
Archbishop Dolan re-affirmed the firm and resolute commitment of the Church to protect children. See his statement here.
We pursue this mission in three ways:
- By thoroughly screening and supervising all members of the clergy (priests and deacons), as well as all employees and volunteers who work with children and young people as part of their ministry.
- By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child abuse to appropriate civil and Church authorities.
- By holding all members of the clergy, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.
Our staff is also pleased to offer you whatever assistance or information you may need. Please feel free to contact us:
Edward Mechmann, Director
Patrick McGuire, Assistant Director for Training and Program Development
845.452.1171 Ext. 4218
Kristin Gennerich, Administration of Training Programs/Office Management
Ana Tejada, Administration of Background Checks
Ewa Anziano, Clerical Assistant
Genevieve Fiorito, Data Management
If there is an emergency, and you believe that a child is in imminent risk, please call 911, and then contact the New York State Hotline (1-800-342-3720). The Director of the Archdiocese Safe Environment Office can be contacted outside of business hours by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.