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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC February 23, 2018 3 (USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Gualdoni Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. Opinion columns, letters to the editor and advertisements that appear in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The U.P. Catholic or the Diocese of Marquette. The diocese is prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office. Office of Publication: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, Michigan. Periodical postage paid at Marquette, Michigan, 49855 and at additional entry office. Published semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. The U.P. Catholic is provided to all registered U.P. parishioners. The cost for subscribers who are not registered members of a parish in the Marquette Diocese is $25/year. Advertising is $15.32/col inch unless specified otherwise. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. BROTHER ROMEO CAPELLA Theology III WHEN DID BROTHER ROMEO FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS? J!stu!gfmm!jo!mpwf!xjui!Kftvt!xifo!J! xbt!tjyuffo!zfbst!pme/!J!dbnf!bspvoe! up!tffjoh!uibu!bmm!nz!qvstvjut!qbmfe! jo!dpnqbsjtpo!xjui!xibu!hsfbu!uijoht! if!ibe!jo!tupsf!gps!nf!jg!J!cfmjfwfe www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations Diocese found compliant in safe environment audit In 2017, 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 cler- gy. During the audit period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, more than 2,300 children and youth received training in safe environment awareness through Catholic schools and parishes in the diocese. Also, 654 diocesan, parish and school employ- ees and volunteers received continuing education in the prevention of child and youth sexual abuse. All employees and volun- teers in the Diocese of Mar- quette, over the age of 18, must have a current crimi- nal background check on file with the diocese, along with the VIRTUS safe environ- ment training. Below is further informa- tion on how to obtain the proper training required, along with, how to report rebuse. OBTAINING A BACKGROUND CHECK Background check appli- cations can be accessed on the Diocese of Marquette website under the Protecting Children tab. See your par- ish or school safe environ- ment coordinator or, call the diocesan safe environment coordinator for the neces- sary access code. SIGNING-UP FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING The applicant is required to setup an account at www. virtus.org. The account is reviewed, activated and, unless the applicant has registered for a classroom session, appropriate safe environment training is as- signed by the diocesan coor- dinator and communicated via e-mail to the applicant. Training is available through an online session or live in classroom training. TRAINING TIMELINE Employees and volunteers are required to have a clear background check and com- pleted the safe environment training prior to being active in a parish or school. Employees are to complete the entire process prior to their first day of employ- ment. Volunteers should begin the process no later than two weeks ahead of the event for which they will be volunteering. WHO TO CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Martha Tomasi, safe en- vironment program coor- dinator. Contact Tomasi by phone at (906) 227-9155 or by email, mtomasi@dio- ceseofmarquette.org. REPORTING ABUSE To bring a complaint re- garding the sexual abuse of minors to the attention of the diocese, call one of the victim's assistance coordi- nators: Stephen Lynott at (844) 495-4330 or Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362. Those who wish to put their complaint in writ- ing can direct their cor- respondence to: Victim's Assistance Coordinator, c/o Catholic Social Services of the U.P., 1100 Ludington St., Suite 401, Escanaba, MI 49829. The letter should be marked "personal and confi- dential" and indicate wheth- er 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 elsewhere and the person now resides in the Diocese of Marquette. If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further informa- tion, Stephen Lynott or Di- ane Tryan can be contacted at the numbers above. The diocese always en- courages those bringing a complaint to report the in- cident to local civil authori- ties. The diocese reports all allegations to the appropri- ate civil authorities. New foundation distributes nearly $390,000 across U.P. Nearly $390,000 have been distributed across the Upper Peninsula in support of Catholic ministries in 2017. This is just the begin- ning as The Upper Peninsu- la Catholic Foundation, Inc. (UPCF) has only recently been established. In its first year of operations, 11 funds were started, or moved, into the foundation. Rooted in the faith brought by early mission- aries to the original people of the Upper Peninsula in the 1600s, the charitable organization's mission is to establish and grow perma- nent endowment funds for the long-term support of Catholic ministries in the Diocese of Marquette. One of the fund hold- ers is St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. The parish finance council designated the distribution from their endowment fund to hire a new youth minister. "It's been four or five years since we had someone on staff for youth ministry," commented Msgr. Michael Steber, rector of St. Peter Cathedral. The Cathedral's new youth minister, Katelyn McKeen, said she hopes to build relationships with the young people, helping them to feel that their faith is not a requirement, but something to be lived out and shared with others. The UPCF has released its first annual report and au- dited financial statements. The report, titled "Root- ed in Christ," covers the period Jan. 15, 2016 (in- ception) through June 30, 2017. The full report and financial statements can be viewed at www. upcatholicfoundation. org. For more information contact Terri Gadzins- ki, executive director by email tgadzinski@ dioceseofmarquette. org or by phone (906) 227-9108. COURTESY PHOTO Katelyn McKeen is the new youth minister at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette. Her position is funded in part from the St. Peter Cathedral endowment fund held in the new U.P. Catholic Foundation, Inc.

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