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

Safe Environment Coordinators in the Diocese of Allentown

The record keeping tasks associated with the diocesan initiatives relating to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People can be extensive, but

compliance in all diocesan locations has always been a necessity.  Someone in each parish or school is designated as the Local Safe Environment Coordinator to ensure that all locations are compliant. The responsibilities of the Local Safe Environment Coordinator include the oversight of the Diocese’s background check policy to ensure that all employees and volunteers have been checked and found eligible. This person is also to make sure that all employees and appropriate volunteers have completed all of the required information listed on the Diocese of Allentown Safe Environment Requirements Checklist. Our Parish Safe Environment Coordinator is Janessa Lanning O’Donnell, and she can be reached at the information below.


Ms. Pamela Russo oversees all local Safe Environment Coordinators to promote compliance, including visits to all diocesan schools and Parishes to verify that all files contain the necessary records.

St. Joseph Parish Safe Environment Coordinator

Mrs. Janessa Lanning O’Donnell

Phone: (610) 965-2877


Please contact Mrs. Lanning O'Donnell for all volunteering positions related to St. Joseph Church - including, but not limited to: PREP, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, CYO and High School Teen Group. Please note - any other individual or group running or assisting at a child/youth activity, or, using Parish buildings during school/PREP hours may be required to complete the clearance process. This may include members of any of our Parish Social and/or Spiritual Activities.


St. Michael the Archangel School

Safe Environment Coordinator

Please contact the school directly for all volunteering positions related to our Parish school. These positions are not handled by our parish safe environment coordinator.



Diocese of Allentown

Victim Assistance Coordinator: Ms. Wendy Krisak

Phone: 1-800-791-9209



Charter Compliance Officer: Ms. Kelly C. Bruce

Phone: 610-871-5200, ext. 2203



Secretary for Youth Protection: Ms. Pamela Russo

Phone: 610-871-5200, ext. 2204



Secretary for Catholic Life & Evangelization: Ms. Annie Sarlo 

Phone: 610-289-8900, ext. 2026



Diocesan Attorney: Joseph A. Zator, Esq.

Phone: 610-432-1900 Fax: 610-432-1707 4400 Walbert Avenue Allentown, PA 18104 



Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service

If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, please contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at or by calling 800-276-1562.


Servicio de Denuncia de Abusos de Obispos Católicos

Si tiene una denuncia de abuso contra un obispo, comuníquese con el Servicio de Denuncias de Abuso de Obispos Católicos en o llamando al 800-276-1562.

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Public Mass Times

Daily Mass

Monday - Saturday

8:00 AM



Evening Vigil

5:15 PM


Sunday Morning

9:00 AM

11:00 AM


Saturday Confessions are held from 4:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

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