The Diocese of Nashville Safe Environment Conference is a chance for those in ministry throughout the diocese to come together and hear from experts in ministry, representatives from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Tennessee law enforcement on topics related to maintaining a safe environment for our children, young people, and vulnerable adults. The conference will open with Mass celebrated by Bishop Spalding and will cover topics ranging from ministry best practices for a safe environment and canon law to internet safety and human trafficking awareness.
Provide an opportunity for our ministry leaders to learn from and interact with subject matter experts in the area of safe environment and the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
7:30 a.m – Doors Open and Sign-In Begins
Entrance 4, Catholic Pastoral Center, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
8:00 a.m – Mass with Bishop J. Mark Spalding
Sagrado Corazón Church
9:35 a.m. – Introduction and Welcome to the Conference
Julie Perrey, Vice Chancellor and Chief Mission Integration Officer, Diocese of Nashville
9:45 a.m. – MORNING KEYNOTE – “What is Safe Environment and the Impact of the Charter”
Molly Fara, Associate Director for the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, USCCB
Molly will give an overview of what exactly is safe environment and discuss the background and impact that the bishops’ 2022 document “The Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth” has had on the U.S. Church.
11:10 a.m. – Morning Breakout Session A: “Fostering a Safe Environment for Teens”
Kathy Goller — is a coach, facilitator, and presenter who has devoted her life to excellence and servant leadership.
Cover topics related to best practices and strategies for maintaining a safe environment for teens in youth ministry settings.
11:10 a.m. – Morning Breakout Session B: “Recent Developments in Canon Law”
Father John Hammond – Vicar General, Judicial Vicar, and Pastor of St. Patrick Church, Nashville
Mater Dei Formation Room
Father Hammond will discuss the latest revisions and practical impacts that the new book VI of the Code of Canon Law will have on safe environment and the enforcement of canonical penalties related to abuse.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. –
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE – “Protecting Children from Virtual Predators”
Rob Burghardt – Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Internet Crimes against Children, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI)
With so much of our lives now spent online predators have adapted their strategies and techniques to groom children. Rob will talk about what should be our greatest concerns and how to help protect our children.
2:00 p.m. – Break
Vendor area will be open for browsing.
2:15 p.m. – Afternoon Breakout Session A: “Grooming and Gray Areas”
Molly Fara – Associate Director for the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, USCCB
Molly will discuss the topic of grooming and the various red flags to look for as well as how to navigate and understand when certain behaviors go too far.
2:15 p.m. – Afternoon Breakout Session B: “Circle of Grace: Best Practices and Feedback Session”
Dr. Brad Peper – Director for Faith Formation, Diocese of Nashville
Mater Dei Formation Room
This session will be a discussion forum on implementation of Circle of Grace over the past year and serve as an opportunity for those who implement it to talk about their successes and struggles with the program.
3:15 p.m. – FINAL KEYNOTE – “A Discussion on Human Trafficking and TBI’s Anti-Trafficking Campaign”
Josh Melton, Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigation Division, TBI
Jeremy Lofquest, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Human Trafficking Unit,TBI
One of the largest and most urgent issues facing our nation and Middle Tennessee is human trafficking. Josh Melton will provide insight and awareness on this issue, as well as cover red flags that you should look for.
4:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Julie Perrey – Vice Chancellor and Chief Mission Integration Officer, Diocese of Nashville
KATHY GOLLER is a coach, facilitator, and presenter who has devoted her life to excellence and servant leadership. As the former Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo, and now certified as a life, career, and executive coach, Kathy brings a depth and breadth of experience in evangelization, discipleship, faith formation, and personal and leadership development. Kathy has over twenty years of experience in diocesan ministry and holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary. She currently coaches ministry leaders through NFCYM and the TENx10 Initiative with Fuller Youth Institute. A Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with training in the Enneagram and creative problem solving, she regularly uses these tools to help individuals, groups, and teams to get unstuck and experience greater effectiveness. Based in Western New York and serving nationally and internationally, Kathy founded her own business in 2022 to help others lead their lives with purpose.