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Archdiocesan Vice Chancellor Sister Nancy Kazik, OSF
Receives National Recognition

ALBUQUERQUE- Tuesday,January 20, 2004- IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Archdiocesan Vice Chancellor, Sister Nancy Kazik, OSF has been selected as one of the “top 10 Diocesan Victims’ Assistance Coordinators” in the United States.

The selection was made by the Gavin Group, auditors of 191 U. S. Dioceses. The top ten coordinators were cited as “models for the job.” Sister Nancy also serves as the Archdiocese’s Vice Chancellor, Vicar of Religious and is the Editor of The People of God monthly newspaper.

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan said:

We are very proud of Sister Nancy Kazik for her excellent work, and now she has been recognized nationally as one of our country’s top ten victim advocates in helping to implement the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Due to her fine effort, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been found to be in complete compliance with the norms adopted by the U. S. Catholic Conference of Bishops in Dallas. Kudos to Sister Nancy!

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People set forth a number of procedures and practices which were to be implemented by all Bishops and Eparchs within the United States to protect children from instances of abuse.

The Charter also called for an evaluation of the progress made by each diocese and eparchy as to their implementation of the Charter and directed the Office of Child and Youth Protection to develop an appropriate audit mechanism for this measurement.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe audit took place in July of 2003 and took approximately one week to complete. The audits included a review of archdiocesan policies regarding sexual abuse of minors, safe environment programs, pastoral outreach programs and other actions directed by the Charter.

All audits throughout the country were completed in November 2003.

 

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