Training Minors: Circle of Grace

Letter from Bishop Medley
Click to enlarge the letter from Most Reverend William F. Medley regarding the Circle of Grace curriculum the Diocese of Owensboro will be using in all Catholic schools and faith formation programs.

The diocese requires that every minor in Catholic school or in a parish faith formation program receive safety training annually, which includes the topics of sexual abuse prevention and the need to tell if abuse is occurring.  Only a minor whose parent or guardian signs and turns in an opt-out form to the parish or school is not required to receive this annual training.

The Diocese of Owensboro is utilizing Circle of Grace, a program created by the Archdiocese of Omaha. The goal of this program is for adults to assist children and youth to recognize God’s love by understanding that each of us lives and moves within a Circle of Grace. This is a holistic program that allows children and youth to identify uncomfortable situations long before any inappropriate touch may occur.


To report suspected abuse:

To report suspected abuse, contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services by calling their Child/Adult Abuse Hotline at their toll-free number 877-KYSAFE1 (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 800-276-1562.


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 800-276-1562.