St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish

139 Spruce Street, Minersville, Pennsylvania 17954-1642
Parish Office: 538 Sunbury Street, Minersville, Pennsylvania 17954-1642
Phone:  (570) 544-2812                         Fax:  (570) 544-2792  



Diocesan Sexual Abuse Policy

The policy of the Diocese of Allentown focuses specifically on sexual abuse of minors (persons under 18 years of age) by Diocesan clergy, lay employees of the Diocese, lay employees of Parishes, lay volunteers of the Diocese and lay volunteers of Parishes. The Diocese considers any allegation of sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor by a cleric or a layperson an extremely serious matter. The purpose of the policy is to respond to such allegations in a way that is effective in its application and fully compliant with applicable law.

This policy applies to all priests and deacons incardinated in the Diocese of Allentown, to all lay employees of the Diocese, to all lay employees of Parishes (who are not Diocesan employees), to all lay volunteers of the Diocese and to all lay volunteers of Parishes. Religious clerics and extern clerics employed by institutions within the Diocese are subject to the direction, authority and supervision of the superiors of their respective religious order, or Bishop of their respective diocese and not the Diocese of Allentown. The Diocese will cooperate with those religious superiors and bishops and the appropriate governmental authorities to address particular situations.

View full policy: English (PDF)

Youth Protection - Diocese of Allentown

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.S., N.C.C., L.P.C.
Confidential Telephone Number: (800) 791-9209

Fax:  (610) 435-4367
The Diocese of Allentown provides assitance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee of the Diocese.  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.

Safe Environment Coordinator:  Sr. Meg Cole, SSJ, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Catholic Life and Evangelization Office
900 S. Woodward St.
Allentown, PA 18103-4179
Phone:  (610) 332-0442, Ext. 2019
Fax:  (610) 289-7917

Charter Compliance Officer:  Ms. Kelly C. Bruce
Phone:  (610) 871-5200, Ext. 2203
Fax:  (610) 871-5211

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