Child and Youth Protection

Office of Child and Youth Protection

Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them,“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37

“Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence, for it is a safe and secure home.”- Pope Francis, Homily at Mass with Victims of Abuse, July 7, 2014

“In 2002, the bishops of the United States approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. [Since that time] there has been striking improvement in the Church’s response to and treatment of victims…Children are safer now because of the creation of safe environments, and action has been taken to permanently remove offenders from ministry.  Yet much work still needs to be done.” – USCCB National Review Board

“Let there be no doubt or confusion on anyone’s part: For us, your bishops, our obligation to protect children and young people and to prevent sexual abuse flows from the mission and example given to us by Jesus Christ himself, in whose name we serve.” -USCCB

The Office of Child and Youth Protection in the Diocese of Jefferson City is here to help Protect and Heal.

For further information please click here.

Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions in our diocese:


8/21/2017, 6pm- Immaculate Conception Parish (Montgomery City)

8/22/2017, 6PM- Mary Immaculate School- Second floor Science classroom (Kirksville)

8/23/2017, 6:30PM- Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School (Columbia)

8/23/2017, 6:30PM- Saint George Parish (Hermann)

8/24/2017, 6:30PM- Holy Rosary Parish (Monroe City)

8/26/2017, 10AM- Saint Anthony Parish (Camdenton)

8/28/2017, 6PM- Mary Immaculate School- Second floor Science classroom (Kirksville)

8/28/2017, 6:30 PM-  Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center (Jefferson City)

8/29/2017, 6:30PM- Saint Pius X Parish (Moberly)

8/29/2017,6:30PM- Saint Thomas More Newman Center-Disciples Room (Columbia)

9/5/2017, 6:30PM- Father McCartan Memorial School-Multi-Purpose Room (Marceline)

9/5/2017, 6PM- Saint Patrick Parish- Parish Center (Rolla)

9/11/2017, 6:30PM-Immaculate Conception Parish (Macon)

9/11/2017, 6:30PM- Saint Peter Parish (Fulton)

9/17/2017, 6PM- Saint Thomas More Newman Center-Multi-Purpose Room (Columbia)

9/23/2017, 9AM- Mary Immaculate Parish (Kirksville)

9/24/2017, 1PM- Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center (Jefferson City)

9/25/2017, 6:30PM- Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Columbia) 

9/28/2017, 6:30PM- Saint Brendan Parish (Mexico)


For Virtus Registration please click here, and select Jefferson City, MO.

If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church, believe in the possibility for Hope, Help and Healing.

Please contact:

  • The Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.3738
  • The Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.0210
  • Your local civil authorities
  • The Diocese of Jefferson City: Mike Berendzen:573.694.3199