Saint Joseph Church Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph Church     Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.

The Charter directs action in all the following matters:

  • Creating a safe environment for children and young people;
  • Healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors;
  • Making prompt and effective response to allegations;
  • Cooperating with civil authorities;
  • Disciplining offenders;
  • Providing for means of accountability for the future to ensure the problem continues to be effectively dealt with through the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board.


In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the USCCB, a Victim Assistance Coordinator was appointed for the Diocese of Allentown. The Victim Assistance Coordinator coordinates assistance for the immediate pastoral care of persons who claim to have been sexually abused when they were minors by priests or deacons. The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Allentown is Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A., NCC, LPCMs. Krisak will coordinate assistance for the immediate pastoral care of persons who claim to have been sexually abused when they were minors by priests or deacons.


Contact Information: 
Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A., NCC, LPC
To speak directly to the victim assistance coordinator please call, Direct Line: 1-800-791-9209 
Fax: 484-664-7794


Safe Environment Coordinator
Sr. Meg Cole
2145 Madison Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: 610-332-0442, extension 2019

Fax: 610.332-0444


Charter Compliance Officer
Ms. Kelly C. Bruce 
Phone: 610-871-5200 Ext. 203


For more information regarding the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the USCCB, please visit the USCCB Website.


To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown's Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy and Code of Conduct, please visit the Diocesan website.


Please view the Volunteers page for Pennsylvania & Diocesan Volunteer Requirements at St. Joseph Church.

Diocese Creates New Cabinet-Level Position to Enhance Abuse Prevention and Child Protection

Pamela Russo


As part of its continuing response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Diocese of Allentown has created a new cabinet-level leadership position to further strengthen its programs to prevent abuse and keep children safe. Pamela Russo, an experienced executive and licensed social worker, has been named Diocesan Secretary for Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services. She will be responsible for overseeing and improving all aspects of abuse prevention and child safety.

“Preventing abuse and keeping children safe are top priorities,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert. “We are extremely blessed that a woman of Pam’s experience and insight will be joining us to advance these protections to the next level.”

As part of her new role, Russo will be available as a resource to assist victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse as they report their experiences and apply for compensation from the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Russo also will launch a thorough review of all current diocesan policies on Safe Environment, Victim Assistance and Child Protection, and will develop and implement improvements. Click here to continue reading on the Diocesan website...

All weather or other emergency cancellations of weekend Masses will be announced on WFMZ

Daily Mass is cancelled whenever Southern Lehigh School District and/or St. Michael the Archangel School announces either a delay or cancellation for winter weather.

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