Diocese Schedules Seminars

Daily Globe [Marquette MI]
October 27, 2003

MARQUETTE -- The Catholic Diocese of Marquette has scheduled additional awareness sessions of the Protecting God's Children Program to accommodate the increased demand for the workshops.

One of the added sessions will be Nov. 3, 6 to 9 p.m., at Our Lady of Peace School gymnasium in Ironwood.

The workshops are aimed at preventing child sexual abuse. All priests, deacons, pastoral coordinators and diocesan staff, as well as parish and Catholic school staff and volunteers who have regular contact with children or are in a position to observe those who do, must attend one of the sessions.

Nearly 1,800 people across the Upper Peninsula are affected. Most of them will also be required to undergo criminal history background checks.

The Protecting God's Children for Adults Program makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps people can use to prevent child sexual abuse. The program includes ongoing training that will be conducted over the Internet.

The awareness sessions held so far have been well attended, with about 700 people completing the workshop in various locations around the Upper Peninsula.

Those who plan to attend are asked to register via the Internet. Log on to and double click on the yellow Registration link on the left-hand side of the page. Enter the password "trust" and follow the instructions.

If you do not have access to a computer, call your parish or school's local safe environment coordinator, or Laurie Sullivan at the Diocese of Marquette at 227-9104 or (800) 562-9745, ext. 104.


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