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, 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
Mrs. Julia Spehalski
Phone: (610) 625-2748
Please contact Mrs. Spehalski for all volunteering positions related to our Parish school and/or CYO.
Diocese of Allentown
Victim Assistance Coordinator: Ms. Wendy Krisak
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 www.ReportBishopAbuse.org 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 www.ReportBishopAbuse.org o llamando al 800-276-1562.
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