Safe Environment (Protecting God's Children)

We welcome volunteers at St. Gerard Majella Parish.

St. Gerard Majella Parish follows 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 call Lisa Vorwerk at 314-965-3985 ext. 2818 or email

The Prevent and Protect STL document will guide you through the process for becoming compliant.

  • You will be asked to put in a credit card for the background check.  You’re credit card will only be charged if you have not already had a background check for Safe Environment.
  • At times the system will hang when completing the background check process.  The message indicates that it could take 3 minutes.  Some have experienced that it seems to take longer.  When they exit that screen and come back into the system the background check was marked as complete.

If you think you are already in compliance, you may call the parish office to verify your compliance status. Please contact the Child Safety Coordinator at the parish office if you have any questions:  Lisa Vorwerk at 314-965-3985 ext. 2818 or

Schedules of Protecting God's Children workshops can be found here.

Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 800-392-3738.

For additional information related to reporting incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to the Archdiocese's Policy, Procedure and Guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect Reports or contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection 314-792-7271.

Archdiocese of St. Louis