Sacrament Policies (including Sacramental Preparation) and Child Safety Environment Program








USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People


- Holy See Procedures Concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations

- USCCB Charter     

  (English)  (June 2018 revision)

or   (800) 276-1562

The Catholic Bishop Abuse Service has been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops, and to relay those reports to proper Church authorities for investigation.  Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will be reported to civil authorities.  Otherwise reports will be kept confidential.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse (or any other crime), please contact local law enforcement.


State of Colorado Clergy Abuse Reporting Hotline 


Colorado Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program

(for Child Abuse Victims from/involving Colorado Catholic Church Priests)

For people wishing to participate in the Colorado (Dioceses) Independent Reconciliation and program, please go to the following or contact:

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Special Master's Report Roman Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse of Children in Colorado from 1950 to 2019  (102219)

Colorado Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program Opens a New Compensation Program for Child Abuse Victims from CO Catholic Priests (Press Release)



- Key Milestones in Strengthening Child and Youth Protection within the Church

   Key Milestones in Church Child and Youth Protection.PDF

- Diocese of Colorado Springs' Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Minors

   (October 28, 2016) (includes Revision #1, 12/20/2016, Revision #2, 12/28/2016 and Revision #3, 01/04/2018)

- Diocese's Sexual Misconduct Policy   

   Sexual Misconduct Policy of the Diocese of Colorado Springs (Rev. 10-2016).pdf


-  Diocese's and Parish-Level Procedures for Reporting Sexual Misconduct

How to Report Sexual Abuse or Neglect of a Minor (updated 040317).pdf

Child Abuse Reporting Poster (032720)  (OLV Version)

- Diocese's Guidelines for Those Working With Children and Youth

  Guidelines for Those Working with Children and Young People (Rev 10-2016).pdf

- Diocese's Guidelines for those Supervising Those Working with Youth

   Guidelines for Supervising those working with Minors (Rev 10-2016).pdf


- Electronic Communication & Social Media Policy With Regard to Minors


Electronic Communication and Social Media Policy With Regard to Minors (Rev 10-2016).pdf

Media Release form for RE.pdf 


- Prevention Strategies

Prevention Strategies (Rev 10-2016).pdf


- Diocese's Safe Environment Training            

-  Diocese's Keeping Kids Safe Brochure


Requirements for Volunteers Working with Children and Youth within the Diocese of Colorado Springs:
- Volunteer Application:                                                           Volunteer Application (Rev 10-2016).pdf

- Volunteer Acknowledgment and Affirmation form          Diocese Policy Acknowledgment and Affirmation (Rev. 10-2016).pdf
(after having received and read the diocese's published Sexual Abuse Policy and Guidelines for Those Working with Children and Youth)

- Volunteer Background Check form                                    

- Safe Environment Training (SET) initially and recurring (a minimum of at least once a year).




  Colorado House Bill 16-1224 (Duty to Report-Concerning Child Abuse Involving Human Trafficking of Minors) (2017).pdf

  *  How to Recognize Human Trafficking (2017).pdf


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Religious Education Home Schooling


Learn more about the guidelines for Home Schooling of Religious Education within the Diocese of Colorado Springs at:




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) (and Children) (RCIC)

(the process of cultivating a knowledge of and a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ)


The RCIA Process (not a RCIA Program) involves a myriad of gradual steps and periods that are meant to guide a person (7 years of age or older (the age of reason)), who has expressed a desire to enter into the Roman Catholic Church on their journey toward become a Catholic in accord with the documents of the Second Vatican Council.  Depending on their status of life (i.e., prior Christian baptismal status or previous marriages), the RCIA process and entry into the Church may differ in length for each individual.  For those who have not yet been baptized in a Christian denomination, they will be asked to participate in the entire RCIA catechetical and liturgical process.  For those who have already been baptized in another recognized, Christian denomination, they may be asked to participate in an abbreviated or the entire RCIA catechetical and liturgical process, based upon the individual's catechetical or spiritual needs, etc.

This process takes place within a period of time marked by liturgical celebrations which culminate with the candidates and elect entering the Church by receiving or completing the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.  After formal entry into the Roman Catholic Church, the formation classes and opportunities continue during a post-entry period known as Mystagogy.  The parish's RCIA process generally begins in the fall, however inquiries are accepted year-round.

Learn more about the guidelines for the RCIA process within the Diocese of Colorado Springs at:

Diocese RCIA Guidelines 2010 (promulgated 090110).pdf

Diocese RCIA Guidelines Attachment 2010 (promulgated 090110) (revised).pdf

Bulletin Article, What is the RCIA Process (2015).pdf

RCIA Catechesis in the Period of Post Baptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy.pdf

2017 2018 OLV Parish level RCIA Guidelines and Handbook (082317).pdf