Office of Safe Environments • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT


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Safe Environment programs were established in U.S. Roman Catholic Dioceses by the Catholic BishopSafe Environment. Programs were established in U.S. Roman Catholic Dioceses by the Catholic Bishops in 2002 in a landmark document, The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People a.k.a. “the Charter”.

Safe Environment programs are well-established in all three Roman Catholic Dioceses in Connecticut. The Safe Environment program in the Diocese of Bridgeport has a full-time director, Ms. Erin Neil, L.C.S.W. Safe Environment programs oversee the implementation of Charter mandates including victim assistance, criminal background checks, written Codes of Conduct, and child sexual abuse awareness and prevention training for priests, deacons, lay employees, volunteers, children, and youth.

The Safe Environments Office is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all children in our Diocese.

Featured News

Reparation Masses Prepared Around the Diocese October 11, 2018

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local mass of reparation in their parishes no later than October 21, 2018.

In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

A complete list is being published on the diocese website as masses are scheduled. Click here to learn more.

Featured Event

2018 Mass of Hope and Healing | Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00 PM

The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as minor and for others who have been impacted.


Click to read the 2015 Safe Environments Handbook
Information on Safe Environments Training for parents and youth
Continuing Ed
Opportunities to learn more about Safe Environments
Past stories, events, and information about Safe Environments


Audio Interviews with Director Erin Neil