Office of Child and Youth Protection

If you are a victim of clergy abuse or know of someone who is, you are urged to make direct contact with local law enforcement and the Michigan Attorney General’s investigation hotline at 844-324-3374. You are also welcome to contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 989-797-6682 or The Victim Assistance Coordinator can assist victims in obtaining counseling services.

If you have cause to suspect a child or young person is being neglected or abused by anyone, immediately contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at its 24/7 hotline number: 855.444.3911. If you are currently witnessing child abuse or neglect, call 911.


View List of Names of Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

VIRTUS Training

We are committed to comply with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002.  The Charter contains a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. Also included are guidelines for reconciliation, healing, and accountability. The Charter includes areas that assist the diocese in efforts to provide preventive measures designed to keep all of our children and youth safe from harm now and in the future.  Through ongoing education, we strive to empower the people in our diocesan offices, parishes, schools, and diocesan entities to create and maintain safe environments for our children and youth.  We extend efforts to ensure that our children and youth receive an upbringing  that forms in them a sense of right relationships and a respect for the dignity of all persons.


Our educational program for adults is: VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults.


Our educational program for children and youth is:  Child Lures Prevention and Teen Lures Prevention.


We hope you will find this webpage helpful and informative. 

The list below provides additional information.


Standards of Ministerial Behavior

Policy For The Protection Of Children And Young People (updated April 10, 2014)

Communications Policy

Criminal History Background Check Policy