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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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Culp: Witness of Mother Teresa

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Adjusting to Life After the OFMs

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Ned McGrath

Mr. McGrath is director of com- munications for the Archdiocese of Detroit and associate publisher of The Michigan Catholic. The TV documentary he produced on Mother Teresa, "Mission in the Mountains," is being re-broadcast this month on the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) and is available at http://store.aod.org. JENKINS. The road snakes its way through the hills and hollows of eastern Kentucky. Along the way, you pass through towns with names like Hazard, Happy, and Sassafras. At the Virginia border, in the shadow of the Cumberland

Mother Teresa's Appalachian legacy

Ned McGrath with Mother Teresa during her visit to Jenkins, KY in 1982. Photo courtesy Ned McGrath

Mountains, you enter the small town of Jenkins. If you had made this drive 34 years ago, as I did, you would have shared the narrow roads with wide-bodied coal trucks, which al- ways seemed to be in a hurry. In the center of town, just across the rail- road tracks, you'd find St. George Catholic Church, built by the coal company that built Jenkins. As the 1980s began, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa, the Missionaries of Charity, was in- vited to minister in Appalachia by the Diocese of Covington. Mother Teresa herself was involved in the selection of Jenkins, because it was one of the few places in this corner of Kentucky that had a Catholic church. Fast forward to this past week- end, and those parishioners-the entire community for that mat- ter-took a special and personal interest in the canonization cer- emonies for Mother Teresa at St. Peter's Square in Rome. They, like me, are recalling fondly the qual- ity time spent with a future saint. The Catholic community is also anticipating the Mass at St. George Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. with Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. presiding. Back in spring of 1982, four of Mother Teresa's nuns were sent to Letcher County and moved into a LEXINGTON. The Diocese of Lexington has shifted to a new platform for the "safe environment" training of its employees and volunteers. The change became effective July 1, 2016. Safe Haven-It's Up to You" is a web-based training program, developed by Omaha, NE-based Catholic Mutu- al Group, which insures the diocese. It is composed of online videos, followed by questions, and signature on required cer- tification documents. The training takes approximately two hours. Recertification training will be automatically offered every five years to incorporate new information and perspectives. The new platform replaces VIRTUS, which was developed by the National Cath- olic Risk Retention Group, Inc., of Tulsa, OK. Unlike VIRTUS, "Safe Haven" does not require employees and volunteers to engage with monthly training bulletins or on-site training. The widely accessible, convenient new program "will ensure that everyone enter- ing into an employment or volunteer rela- tionship with our parishes and schools has been fully screened and has participated in Safe Environment training before they begin their ministry," said Chancellor Karen Ab- bey who oversees the diocese's safe environ- ment program. This process will simplify New Em- ployee Orientation currently offered at the Chancery," she said in a letter to clergy and parish and school leaders. Some documents will be signed and stored electronically, so less paper will be involved, while accomplishing the same goal. Local coordinators will be able to see a global picture of everyone who is certified as an employee or volunteer across the diocese, so that there will be less confusion, when a person transfers to a new location or partic- ipates in a diocesan-wide event, Abbey said. After a volunteer or employee application has been approved by a location, potential volunteers or employees will go to the Cath- olic Mutual link, available on the diocese's home webpage, create their own account, and go through the pre-set steps. The appli- cation software is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android, and other mobile devices, as well as desktop computers. This makes the application and the training process acces- sible 24/7/365. Among the features of the new platform are: Automated employment and volunteer background checks at a lower rate; Safe environment training; Catholic identity training; Electronic signature acknowledgements for the diocese's "Code of Conduct," "Tech- nology Code of Conduct," and "Employee Handbook." Employees and volunteers who have al- Turn to Legacy , Page 4 Turn to Safe Haven , Page 8

Diocese shifts to new safe environment training platform

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