Our vulnerable children and adult community members should be free from fear and harm.
The Diocese of Tucson under the leadership of Bishop Weisenburger remains committed to protecting our community against all forms of abuse and responding appropriately.
The mission of the Diocese of Tucson "Safe Environment Program" is to ensure the safety of children, young people and vulnerable who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs. We pursue this mission in the following ways:
- By thoroughly screening and supervising all members of the clergy (priests and deacons), as well as all employees and volunteers who work with children and young people and the vulnerable as part of their ministry.
- By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child/adult abuse to appropriate civil and Church authorities.
- By holding all members of the clergy, employees and volunteers who work with children, young people and the vulnerable to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.
- By following Arizona's Mandatory Reporting laws.
During the June 2018 Plenary Assembly, the full Conference of Bishops voted in favor of proposed revisions to the Charter. The revisions are the result of the dedicated efforts and collaboration of the Committees on the Protection of Children and Young People; Canonical Affairs and Church Governance; Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations; the National Review Board, and the Office of General Counsel.
We dedicate the work of this program to the protection of St. Joseph and offer the following prayer.
St. Joseph, God entrusted his greatest treasures, Mary and Jesus, to our protection.
We place our programs under your patronage and ask that you pray for us that we continue to maintain safe environments for all that you have been entrusted to us.
We ask that we continue to be good role models and protectors for are vulnerable, as you were for your family.
We ask this in the name of your beloved Mary, and our Lord Jesus Christ.