PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
The Diocese of Springfield Office of Counseling, Prevention and Victim Services was established to fulfill the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ commitment to the victims, survivors and family members of those who have suffered from sexual abuse by clergy or anyone working for the Catholic Church. Our promise to protect, pledge, and heal includes measures to ensure accountability, promote healing and reconciliation, and prevent future acts of abuse. Massachusetts State law requires that abuse and/or neglect of a minor must be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (800-792-5200) or through the local police department. For further information, please call the Diocesan Office of Counseling, Prevention and Victim Services (413-452-0624) or the toll-free hotline (800-842-9055). Additional resources about abuse prevention and support for victims of abuse are available by CLICKING HERE.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
State law and the Diocese of Springfield mandates that CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) checks are implemented for all employees and volunteers who provide services to children, the elderly or disabled persons. The current Safe Environment Program process requires completing an online training program (Virtus) which now includes the Diocesan Code of Conduct and completing a CORI Form which requires submitting a copy of a government issued ID (i.e., driver’s license). All individuals volunteering in a parish ministry that includes activities or events involving children or students, the elderly or disabled persons must fulfill these requirements before becoming active in a parish ministry. For more details, information, or questions, please contact Eileen Glidden, Safe Environment Coordinator (
Safe Environment Facilitator: Rosemary Oldread (413-596-4232, x 113)
Safe Environment Coordinator: Eileen Glidden (413-596-4232, x 101)