The Office of Safe Environment works for the protection of children, young people and other vulnerable individuals who have been entrusted to the care of our parishes, schools, religious education classes and other diocesan programs.
As part of its efforts to protect minors and the vulnerable, the Diocese of Owensboro requires Safe Environment compliance on a five-year cycle for clergy, religious, employees, and all volunteers working with minors. The diocese uses CMG Connect, developed by Catholic Mutual Group, to coordinate its compliance requirements.
Who must be in compliance?
- Clergy and religious serving the Diocese of Owensboro
- All employees serving the diocese, parish, or diocesan school
- Volunteers supervising minors
- Volunteers serving vulnerable adults
To report suspected abuse, contact the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by calling their Child/Adult Abuse Hotline at their toll-free number 1-877-KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331) or by visiting their website. You may also contact your local Commonwealth Attorney.
To report abuse to the diocese, current or past, by anyone acting in the name of the Church, please call our pastoral assistance coordinator, Louanne Payne, at 270-852-8380 (English).
To make a report of sexual abuse of a minor and related misconduct by bishops, go to ReportBishopAbuse.org or call 1-800-276-1562.
Please click here to download and/or print a flowchart of how to report child abuse in the Diocese of Owensboro and also how the Diocese responds to reports of child abuse.
Para reportar abusos a la diócesis, ya sean actuales o anteriores, por parte de cualquier persona que actúa en nombre de la Iglesia, favor de llamar al:
Susan Montalvo-Gesser/Miguel Quintanilla, Coordinador de Asistencia Pastoral, 270-880-8360 (Español).
Para hacer un informe de abuso sexual de un menor y mala conducta relacionada por parte de los obispos, vaya a ReportBishopAbuse.org o llame al 1-800-276-1562.
Bishop William F. Medley discusses the importance of the Office of Safe Environment.