Allentown Diocese Protection of Youth

Secretary for Youth Protection
Pamela Russo, MSW, MS 610-871-5200, Ext. 2204


Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator
Ms. Wendy Krisak, MA, NCC, LPC
To speak directly to the victim assistance coordinator please call:
Direct telephone 800-791-9209  


 The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the Diocese/Parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program.  The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.

To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown's Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please click on the link above.


Protecting God's Children

The Protecting God’s Children™  Program for Adults was purchased to educate every priest, employee, and volunteer who works with children about the harms of child sexual abuse and what they can do to prevent it. The Safe Environment Coordinator organizes the training sessions as well as administers the web-based online system that tracks who has been trained. The system provides follow-up information and reinforcement to facilitators and to participants who have been trained.

The Protecting God’s Children™ program is a three-hour video presentation. Any adult volunteer who comes into contact with children is required to attend this program. Workshops require PRE-registration. Past attendees are eligible to sign up for ongoing bulletins from Virtus.

Under Resources on this page you'll find the PDFs of VIRTUS Protecting God's Children Training Bulletins Requirement and the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children Training Bulletin Distribution Documentation.

View a calendar listing the program dates in the diocese