As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by our Diocese. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
An Acceptance Certificate for Service (ACS) is required of all Church personnel - clergy, religious, seminarians, paid employees, and volunteers engaged in ministry with minors and vulnerable adults. The ACS is granted after completing the required background check and training; commitment to the Code of Ethics and Integrity for Conduct of Church Personnel is also required.
Church personnel must register with their parish administrator/safe environment contact by providing their full name, a valid e-mail address*, and other requested information. Once entered into the database by the parish administrator, the Church personnel will receive two e-mails:
1. An e-mail with instructions on how to complete the background check. If the Church personnel encounters any difficulties, they can call the Armatus support line (instructions in e-mail).
2. An e-mail with instructions on how to complete the on-line training component.
*Note: An e-mail address is now required to obtain an ACS. If a Church personnel does not have an e-mail address, free services like Google, Yahoo, or Outlook.com are available.
The cost of the background check is $16.
Before service begins and every three years thereafter, Church personnel will take Foundational Training. This consists of an on-line training component and an in-person session in which Church personnel will view Praesidium’s CASE video and participate in a facilitated discussion.
During years two and three, Church personnel will complete Ongoing Education in the form of on-line components designed to build upon the Foundational Training.
If you have questions? Please contact:
Office of Ethics and Integrity
903-534-1077 ext 188
Schedule Training Sessions
If you wish to schedule an in-person Foundational Training (CASE Video) session in your area, pastors or parish administrators should follow these requirements and contact a certified ACS trainer (see below).
The diocese has appointed a group of official trainers from every deanery. These trainers have been carefully selected and have agreed to serve the diocese in this capacity.
Please select trainers from closes to your parish.