Safe Environment (Protecting God’s Children)

Thank You for Volunteering at St. Francis Xavier College Church

St. Francis Xavier College Church 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 contact Terry Edelmann at or (314) 712-4216.

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. Francis Xavier College Church, 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 Terry Edelmann at the Parish Center. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Terry Edelmann at or (314) 712-4216.

How do I report abuse?

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: 

Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
(314) 792-7271

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline:

Protecting God's Children Information and Forms

VIRTUS Registration Instructions
Workers Registration Form***
***Social Security card and money are not required with this form.
Out of State Background Check Form
Code of Ethical Conduct Form
Code of Ethical Conduct for Minors Form
Contractor Code of Ethical Conduct Form
Contractor Compliance Packet