St. Patrick Catholic Church supports the Diocese of St. Petersburg Safe Environment Program

St. Patrick Catholic Church supports the Diocese of Saint Petersburg Safe Environment Program (SEP). SEP is mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and certain Florida statutes to protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults from abuse, especially sexual abuse.

SEP is meant to enable children and vulnerable adults to feel secure and protected in their surroundings. We want our children and youth to feel free to receive a Catholic education and to experience healthy relationships.  We want to foster a safe environment and to provide a healthy and loving relationship in the image of God for our vulnerable adults who may be sick and or shut-in, and for our elderly who may be suffering from the infirmities of aging.

All St. Patrick Catholic Church employees and anyone entrusted with the care, responsibility, and/or supervision of children, youth, or vulnerable adults or those whose duties  involve unsupervised access to these vulnerable populations must successfully complete a Level 2 FBI/Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check performed by the Diocese of St. Petersburg based on electronic fingerprinting. In addition, one must successfully complete an online Safe Environment Program (SEP) training course.

Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

Code of Conduct for Adults

More Diocese of St. Petersburg Safe Environment Information and Resource links below.


Ministry Volunteer Resource Center

We are happy to have you join our Parish Ministry Family. Welcome!

On behalf of St. Patrick Catholic Church, I want to thank you for your interest in giving your time and talent to serve as a volunteer for our parish. As a volunteer, you will need to fill out a Diocese of St. Petersburg volunteer application for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tampa, FL.

If you are volunteering for a ministry, which specifically works with children, youth, and/or vulnerable adults, there are special requirements, which we must follow. Both the Diocese of St. Petersburg and our Parish take very seriously the importance of protecting all those who are most vulnerable. Before a volunteer can be allowed to serve children, youth, and/or vulnerable adults, an covered volunteer application form must be completed, and compliance with background screening and completion of the online safe environment coarse is required.

Please do not hesitate to contact Anne Marie Kearney with any questions or concerns you may have, at 813-839-5337, ext. 205. Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter.

Important Resource Links

Required for Parish Ministry Volunteers working with Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults and Parish Employees





Other Resources

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION (For Non-SEP Ministry Volunteers) Required for ALL Parish Ministry Volunteers 


Concern for Victims

How to File an Abuse Complaint

Como Presentar una Queja de Abuso