Office for the Protection of Children

070816POCpolicyThe Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel. Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and the children and adolescents entrusted to our care. In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People passed by the U.S. bishops in Dallas, the Diocese of Jackson wishes to encourage any victim of sexual abuse by a member of the Catholic Clergy to come forward and begin the healing process. We encourage any victim to contact Ms. Vickie Carollo, Victims Assistance Coordinator at 601-960-8471

Español: Siguiendo los Estadutos para la Protección de los Niños y Jóvenes, aprobada por los obispos en Dallas, la Diócesis de Jackson desea motivar a cualquiera víctima de abuso sexual por parte de un miembro del clero Católico a que se lo comuniquen para que comenze el proceso de sanación.Cuando una alegación es considerada credible, se ofrecerá asesoramiento, para que el proceso de recuperación pueda comenzar de acuerdo con nuestra política diocesana actual. Motivamos a las víctimas a contactar a la Sra. Vickie Carollo, Coordinadora Asistente de Víctimas al 601-960-8471.

Coordinator for the Office of Child Protection, Vickie Carollo, joined other coordinators from across the region for a national conference in the spring of 2019. Conferences such as these keep our diocese on the front lines of research, policy and safety.

Bishop Joseph Kopacz speaks about release of list of clergy credibly accused of abuse:

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson has published the names of clergy and ministers credibly accused of abuse HERE.

See the USCCBs Child Abuse Prevention Message 

VIRTUS Online Registration Instructions_Diocese of Jackson_July-2020

VIRTUS Registration LINK for NEW Applicants

Safe Environment Training

During the first week of February, the Office of Child Protection sponsored training for more than 500 educators, employees, lay ministers and clergy. The featured speaker was Dr. Monica Applewhite, an internationally-recognized expert in abuse prevention. Here is just a sample of her presentation — an example of our ongoing commitment to the Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal.

The Diocese of Jackson uses VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children, as the initial safe environment training to train clergy, religious, lay employees and volunteers about safe environments.

Virtus logo

As a part of the ongoing efforts for the Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Program, all volunteers and employees will have access to monthly VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training bulletins. The online bulletin format will require ongoing safe environment training for all clergy, religious, employees and volunteers who have significant contact with children and young people. Users will receive monthly email reminders from VIRTUS Online when a bulletin is available, which is within the first full week of each month.

Once a user logs in to, sign-in with your username and password.  You will have access to read the training bulletin within the training tab. You will be required to answer a multiple-choice question after you have read the bulletin. When you answer the question, submit the answer to update the Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Database.

The training bulletins are also accessible in Spanish by clicking on “ESPANOL: ACESSO O INSCRIPCION” at and logging in with your user ID and unique password.

We hope you find the training bulletins informative. And, thank you for your continued participation in the Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Program.


Vickie Carollo

Coordinator, Office of Protection of Children and Safe Environments
601-969-1880 | Fax: 601-812-5743 |

Policies and Documents

Reporting forms:

VIRTUS Teaching safety – Empowering God’s Children:

Diocesan Statements and Documentation

20190724 Balser Press Statement

Letter from Bishop Kopacz promulgating Called to Protect April 2014

Letter from Bishop Joseph Latino promulgating Protection of Children Oct 2011

Protect Letter from Bishop Latino promulgating Called to Protect April 2013

Letter from Bishop Joseph Latino on policy update, 2004

Diocese of Jackson Audit of Compliance In accordance with the USCCB Charter for the protection of children, the Diocese of Jackson submits to an audit of child protection policies, procedures and actions annually.

Archived Diocesan Statements

Additional Resources

Downloadable Documents

Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Brochure

 USCCB Brochure

Child Protection Office Infographic

Child Protection prayer-card-english

Child Protection prayer-card-Spanish

A reason for hope

Links and Data