The Eparchial Review Board on the Implementation of Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People Held Its Consecutive Meeting
The Review Board of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma on the implementation of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People held its consecutive meeting on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the parish hall of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ambridge, PA.
L-R: Olga Perkun, Don Fontana, Dr. Justine Perhosky, Marika Zaliszczuk, Fr. Lubomir Zhybak, and Fr. Michael Polosky.
The meeting was attended by the current six Review Board members: Fr. Michael Polosky, eparchy’s Protosyncellus and Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ambridge, PA and Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Aliquippa, PA; Fr. Lubomir Zhybak, eparchy’s Safe Environment Coordinator and pastor of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, OH and St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, OH; Marika Zalisczuk, eparchy’s Victims Assistance Coordinator; Dr. Justine Perhosky, PhD; Olga Perkun, and Don Fontana.
The meeting began with a prayer, led by Fr. Michael Polosky, after which the board members considered the most pressing issues vis-à-vis the safe environment in the eparchy. During the course of the meeting, Fr. Zhybak informed the board members, having presented to everyone copies of the official letters, that the eparchy has been found compliant with the data collection requirements for the 2019/2020 Charter audit period as per Stonebridge Business Partners that were going to forward the documents to the Secretariat of Youth and Child Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington DC. Afterwards, the eparchy’s Policy & Procedures for the Protection of Children and Young People was reviewed (the document was last promulgated by the Eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Bishop Bohdan J. Danylo, on April 23, 2020). A few revisions to the Policy and Procedures were recommended by a board member to be reviewed by Bishop Danylo. The meeting was adjourned with a prayer led by Fr. Zhybak.