Protecting God's Children

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.

The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance 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.


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

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

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

Local Safe Environment Coordinator:  Sr. Catherine Therese Brennan, SSJ
Phone:  (570) 544-4741