Safe Environment (Protecting God's Children)

Thank You for Volunteering at St. Peter Church and School

St. Peter Catholic Church and School follow the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God’s Children). The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Doyle at (314) 966-8600 or

Anyone who works with or near minors must complete the following:

1.       Attend a “Protecting Gods Children” training session.

2.       Agree to a background screening that evaluates any history of criminal charges as well as child abuse and neglect.

a. Agree to an additional background screening if you have resided out of state in the past five years.

3.       Agree to and sign the Ethical Code of Conduct.

I need to take a Protecting God's Children training class. How do I find one?

To see schedules for classes, click here. VIRTUS Registration Instructions can be found here.

I have taken a Protecting God's Children training class. What is the next step?

If you have not already done so, complete the Workers Registration Form for the background screening. If you have lived outside of Missouri within the last five years, also fill out the Out of State Background Check form.

Also, read the Code of Ethical Conduct and fill out the last page. 

I am a teen and would like to volunteer. What do I need to do?

If you are under 18 years old or still in high school, and wish to volunteer at St. Peter Church and School, please complete the Code of Ethical Conduct for Minors form

I have filled out the forms. What do I do with them?

Return all forms to Mary Doyle in the St. Peter rectory. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mary Doyle at (314) 966-8600 or

How do I report abuse?

Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Number: 1-800-392-3738

Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:

Deacon Phil Hengen, Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection