Statement on the movie ‘Spotlight’

Spotlight, a movie on the Boston Globe articles on child sexual abuse in the Church, is currently showing in theaters across the Diocese of Jackson. The drama from Open Roads Films depicts the work of the investigative team that first publicly exposed the scandal. It was directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy and features several notable actors and actresses: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery.

In 2002, the crime and sin of child sexual abuse was brought out in the open for all to see. In bringing light to this crisis, the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was approved. A nationwide network of victim assistance and safe environment training was created to implement the requirements of the Charter.  Individually and together the church acknowledges the mistakes of the past. We acknowledge our responsibility and role in the suffering this has caused and we continue to ask forgiveness.

Twelve years later the church at large and the Diocese of Jackson remains committed to the principles of that Charter and we ask for your continued help, support and prayers as we: promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of sexual abuse, respond effectively to allegations of sexual abuse, become accountable for our procedures, and protect the faithful in the future. The Diocese of Jackson constantly evaluates its office of Child Protection, making improvements whenever possible. A new program to train clergy, parish leaders and volunteers is being introduced in January. Read more about it in the next issue of Mississippi Catholic.

We humbly invite anyone who may have experienced abuse to please come forward. Our victims’ assistance coordinator, Valarie McClelland can be reached at 601-326-3728. And if anyone is currently being abused, please contact the police.

Media Contact:
Maureen Smith maureen.smith@jacksondiocese.org
Director of Communications
Catholic Diocese of Jackson
(601) 969-3581

Diocese seeks Coordinator for Office of Youth Ministry

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson is seeking a new coordinator for the Office of Youth ministry.

The Office of Youth Ministry wishes to minister to, with and for young people and guide them to an intimate and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Our youth have been given a life-long challenge that includes full involvement in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Church.

Believing that the most effective ministry to youth occurs at the parish level, we assist parishes and the adults called to lead our youth by offering programs, events and outreach to build and maintain a strong youth presence.

Download the Youth Ministry job description here.

Statement regarding refugee resettlement

Nov. 16, 2015

Catholic Charities of Jackson does not have an arrangement at this time to accept refugees from Syria or surrounding countries. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) works with the United Nations to identify communities which can support refugee families. These families are vetted before they leave their refugee camps and are supported by refugee resettlement programs in the communities where they are sent. Catholic Charities in Jackson has for more than 25 years run a program which has accepted unaccompanied refugee minors (URM), however, Catholic Charities has not been asked to accept any from Syria or the surrounding nations. At this time, Jackson is not considered a site for resettlement.

Refugee Resettlement Step by Step

Catholic response to Syrian refugee crisis

Media Contact:
Maureen Smith maureen.smith@jacksondiocese.org
Director of Communications
Catholic Diocese of Jackson
(601) 969-3581