Responding to Abuse within the Catholic Church


If you or someone you know has been abused, exploited or harassed by a clergy member, religious brother or sister or lay employee or volunteer of a parish, or Catholic school, your first call should be to law enforcement (911). You are also encouraged to contact the Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for the Archdiocese at 651-290-1618.

Child and Youth Protection Brochure
How to Report Suspected Abuse

Prayers for Healing and Reparation

Rosary for Healing
Prayers, Intercessions and Scripture Passages for Victims and Survivors of Abuse

Victim and Survivor Assistance

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis partners with Canvas Health, an independent and professional local care provider, to offer confidential, compassionate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 612-379-6363. You are also encouraged to contact the archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Program at 651-291-4475.

Victim/Survivor Assistance

Protection and Prevention

Abuse can take many forms and is never acceptable. You or someone you know may be a victim or survivor of sexual, physical, emotional, financial or digital abuse. Here are some resources available. If a life is in danger please call 911