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14 August 19, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC DIOCESAN DIRECTORY www.upcatholic.org Attention Parents The U.P. Catholic Newspaper offers a special subscription rate for college students. Encourage your college student to keep their faith alive while they are on campus. The U.P. Catholic Newspaper will be mailed directly to them from September through April. Send the student's name and address along with a $15 check to: The U.P. Catholic Newspaper 1004 Harbor Hills Drive Marquette, MI 49855-8851 2015 CHARTER RESULTS In 2015, the Diocese of Marquette was once again found to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was adopted by the U.S. Catholic bishops in 2002 to address the problem of child and youth sexual abuse by clergy. During the audit period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, more than 2,600 children and youth received training in safe environment awareness through Catholic Schools and parishes in the diocese. Also, 286 diocesan, parish and school employees and volunteers were trained in the preven- tion of child and youth sexual abuse. Currently, backgrounds of every priest, religious, employee and volunteer are re- checked every three years. POLICY AND STAFF CHANGES The Diocese of Marquette has an inde- pendent review board for the Protection of Children and Young People that reviews diocesan policies and procedures for dealing with sexual abuse of minors. In addition, the board assists the bishop in assessing allega- tions of sexual misconduct against church workers and volunteers. Over the last year, the review board, at the direction of Bishop John Doerfler, reviewed and edited the safe environment policies. Previously, there were several policies along with a code of ethical standards. The revi- sion combines the policies and ethical stan- dards into one, more accessible document. As a whole, there was only one major change to the policies themselves. Parish office staff are now required to have a back- ground check and safe environment training. Previously, it was at the discretion of the pastor. The updated policies can be found online at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/sa- feenvironmentpolicies. Information regarding the diocese's safe environment program may be found by visiting www.dioceseofmarquette.org, and then selecting Protecting Children on the top menu bar. For questions regarding safe en- vironment training and background checks in the Diocese of Marquette, contact Martha Tomasi by phone (906) 227-155, or by email mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org. Earlier this year, Tomasi took over the responsibil- ities as the coordinator for the safe environ- ment program. HOW TO REPORT ABUSE To bring a complaint regarding the sex- ual abuse of minors to the attention of the diocese, call one of the Victim's Assistance Coordinators: Stephen Lynott at (844) 495- 4330 or Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362. Both phone numbers are toll free. Those who wish to put their complaint in writing can direct their correspondence to: Victim's Assistance Coordinator, c/o Catho- lic Social Services of the U.P., 1100 Luding- ton St., Suite 401, Escanaba, MI 49829. The letter should be marked "personal and con- fidential" and indicate whether a response is desired by phone or by letter. The diocese will also help anyone bring their concerns to church officials outside the diocese if the sexual abuse occurred else- where and the person now resides in the Di- ocese of Marquette. If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further information, Stephen Lynott or Diane Tryan can be contacted at the numbers above. The diocese always encourages those bring- ing a complaint to report the incident to local civil authorities. The diocese reports all alle- gations to the appropriate civil authorities. The 2015 Annual Report on the Implemen- tation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in all U.S. dio- ceses has been posted on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' web site at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/ child-and-youth-protection. Safe environment charter results, changes to policies Do you want to share an article from this issue? Tell your friends and family to visit www.upcatholic.org to find full issues online.

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