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Child & Youth Protection

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski encourages anyone who has been a victim of child sexual abuse by any employee of the Roman Catholic Church to come forward by contacting Patricia Finn McManamy, LICSW, Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection, at (413) 452-0624, by confidential toll free number at 800-842-9055 or by e-mail at p.mcmanamy@diospringfield.org.
Bishop Rozanski would like to meet with victims and their families to offer a sincere apology and his prayers for healing.
Safe Environment Programs
In response to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People as adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas in June of 2002 and revised in 2013, the Diocese’s Safe Environment program includes:
  1. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People: A Policy of the Diocese of Springfield
  2. The Code of Conduct for All Those Ministering on Behalf of the Church
  3. Comprehensive background checks on
    1. All existing and new employees of the Diocese and entities associated with the Diocese
    2. All existing and new volunteers who have contact with children
  4. Educational awareness programs designed to:
    1. Increase awareness of child sexual abuse
    2. Increase our ability to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in our schools , parishes and communities
    3. Allow you to commit to being a part of a community that will protect all of God’s children.
All clergy, all employees of the Diocese, parishes and schools, and all volunteers who have regular contact with children, are required to participate in and comply with all aspects of the Safe Environment Program.
The policies and practices outlined in this website include important information about our belief that the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Springfield must maintain and support a comprehensive plan to ensure that all children are protected and safe from abuse and person-to-person violence. As Bishop of our diocese, I join the efforts of many other parish and school leaders who work daily to see that all of our programs are staffed with persons who care deeply about the welfare of our children and youth.
Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop
Please click on the links at the right to learn more about programs offered through the Office of Child and Youth Protection.