Safe Place

Our parish is committed to providing a safe place for individuals, families and vulnerable persons. Therefore we follow a strict policy of training and continuing formation of our clergy, staff and volunteers. We ask for your cooperation and support. Our doors are open to everyone, so that means we must all remember that we are our brother's and sister's keepers. The safety of our community depends on all of us doing our part. If you see something, say something.

Safe Environment Training Compliance is Mandatory for all Volunteers in the Diocese of Phoenix and in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. We protect all children, youth and vulnerable adults by offering several abuse-prevention educational sessions. We are especially concerned about protecting children and raising the level of awareness of our entire community so that children here or in your families, schools and elsewhere are being protected by knowledgeable and actively involved adults.

We can all be part of the solution.  Together we can prevent child abuse.  All priests, deacons and employees, are required to take Safe Environment Training annually. In addition, all volunteers serving minors, working in food pantries or meal service, providing ministerial service in private homes and/or administering service in an after school program must be trained annually. All other volunteers must complete Safe Environment Training every other year (unless the pastor requires annual training for all volunteers).

In the Diocese of Phoenix,  all volunteers must complete a safe environment training foundation class. The current foundation training program is “Protecting God’s Children for Adults.” This is a three-hour program which teaches steps that each one of us can take to prevent child sexual abuse. As a component of the training, all volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application and Code of Ethics.

After taking the Safe Environment foundation course, a renewal training (approximately 45 minutes) is offered for all subsequent years. This training is offered through in-class sessions or through computer online training.

Please visit to learn more about the Diocese of Phoenix Safe Environment Training, to register for a training class, or to complete the online training.

Coordinator: Stephanie Bews (623) 975-5616



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