Vince Peredo of the Task Force for the Protection of Minors discusses children and the importance of “safe boundaries” during training of members of Assumption of Our Lady parish at the Piti Social Hall Saturday, March 25. (Photo for the Umatuna by Rosie Creelman.)

By Tony C. Diaz
Umatuna Si Yu’os

Catholics from three parishes in the south were the latest to receive training on sexual abuse prevention coordinated by the Archdiocese of Agana as part of its efforts to strengthen safeguard of our children.

The Task Force for the Protection of Minors conducted training of clergy, staff and volunteers of Assumption of Our Lady parish in Piti, San Isidro parish in Malojloj and St. Joseph parish in Inarajan March 25 and March 28.

Assumption of Our Lady, Piti held its training in the morning of Saturday, Mar. 25, 9 at the Piti Parish Social Hall.

(Photo for the Umatuna by Rosie Creelman.)

San Isidro parishioners and St. Joseph parishioners teamed up to undergo their training on from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at St. John Paul the Great Seminary, Malojloj.

St. Francis Catholic Church parishioners were the first to receive training earlier in the month. The dedicated volunteer trainers and members of the Task Force had conducted training for all Archdiocese of Agana schools and the Chancery in previous months and are now focused on presenting at the parish levels.

The training encompasses the following:

  • A brief recording of Archbishop Michael Byrnes welcoming the participants
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter and the Norms
  • Boundaries
  • Mandate reporting laws

The next set of parishes to be trained is being finalized by Tricia Tenorio at the Safe Environment Office located in the Chancery. She can be reached at 562-0075.