Youth Protection Program

The tragic issue of the sexual abuse of minors affects every part of society and every profession.  While pledging zero tolerance for abusers in ministry or employment within the Diocese of Harrisburg and Saint Joseph Parish, we also pledge our dedication to the healing and reconciliation of victims of sexual abuse as a minor.

In fulfillment of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by the United States Catholic Bishops in 2002, our Youth Protection Program provides for education and screening, outreach to victims and families, prudent and prompt inquiry into each accusation, open communication, and due process for all involved.  Additional questions or request for information may be addressed by email to  Any adult who wants get involved in the school must complete the Youth Protection Program.  For more information on required clearances for adult school volunteers, please view the Youth Protection Program Instructions on the website of the Diocese of Harrisburg.