Welcome to the Safe Church page of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana! Our diocese takes matters of safety seriously, especially keeping our children, youth, and adults safe from all forms of sexual misconduct while they are at church or participating in church activities.
For this reason, we require abuse prevention training for all paid staff as well as anyone else who works with children and youth. All training is provided through Praesidium Academy (formerly Safeguarding Online™), which you can access anytime, from anywhere that you have a high-speed Internet connection.
The transition to Praesidium Academy occurred in July 2021. If this is your first time to visit this page since then, you will notice some changes. However, please note that only our training platform has changed; our diocesan policies and requirements are exactly the same. We are in the process of updating all of the information and links so that you can easily login and complete your training.
All diocesan organizations should be in full compliance with the Safeguarding training and background screening requirements that are outlined in our Safeguarding Policies. To determine which courses you need to take, use the training module guidelines specified in this Training Modules Chart.
All churches, schools, and Camp Hardtner are required to designate a Safe Church Minister (click here for list of Safe Church Ministers). These individuals are trained to help you set up a Safeguarding account and fulfill the training and background screening requirements. Contact your local Safe Church Minister when you have any questions about Safeguarding training or background screening.
Click here for the Praesidium Academy Quick Start Guide. You will be asked to enter a registration code. Each organization in our diocese has its own unique code. Click here to find the code for your organization.
After you enter the registration code and click submit, you will be taken to another page. Fill out the form there and click the link to enroll. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.
To begin training immediately, click the first link.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions asked about Safeguarding Online. For further help, contact your local Safe Church Minister or the Diocesan Safe Church Staff:
Joy Owensby, Safe Church Coordinator
Holly Windham, Background Screening Coordinator
Please review this chart: Safeguarding Training Chart
Yes. In addition to this training, a criminal record check and sex offender registry check may be required in any state where the trainee has resided during the prior seven years. A DMV check may also be required. Background checks should be renewed every six years. For more information, contact the Safeguarding Minister at your organization.
Please review this chart: Safeguarding Background Check Chart
Please click here for more information.
Not right away. Initially, current staff who began working prior to October 31, 2018, will be “grandfathered in” and will not need to have a background check. However, six years following the full implementation of the new Safeguarding policies (i.e., October 31, 2024), these staff members must undergo a background screening and will be required to have one every six years thereafter (or at whatever interval is required for the position they hold).
Hardtner Camp and Conference Center
Mandy Holden, Daniel Chapman
Episcopal School of Acadiana
St. James Day School Preschool
Ascension Episcopal School
Brandt Montgomery, Caitlin Neal-Jones
Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School
Grace Episcopal School
Becky Dillard, Susan DeHart
Trinity Episcopal Preschool
Epiphany Day School
St. Mark’s Cathedral School
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Abbeville
St. James Episcopal Church, Alexandria
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Alexandria
Christ Episcopal Church, Bastrop
St. George's Episcopal Church, Bossier St. George's Episcopal Church, Bossier City
Calvary Episcopal Church, Bunkie
Trinity Episcopal Church, Cheneyville
Trinity Episcopal Church, DeRidder
St. Luke's Chapel, Grambling
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Jennings
Church of the Ascension, Lafayette
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Lafayette
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Charles
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lake St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lake Charles
St. Michael & All Angel's, Lake Charles
Grace Episcopal Church, Lake Providence
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Lecompte
Leonidas Polk Memorial, Leesville
Christ Episcopal Church, Mansfield
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Mer Rouge
St. John's Episcopal Church, Minden
Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas, Monroe
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Monroe
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Monroe
Trinity Episcopal Church, Monroe
Trinity Episcopal Church, Natchitoches
Church of the Epiphany, New Iberia
Redeemer Church, Oakridge
Church of the Epiphany, Opelousas
Jessie M. Davis
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Pineville
St. David's Episcopal Church, Rayville
Redeemer Church, Ruston
Holy Cross, Shreveport
St. James Episcopal Church, Shreveport
St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport
St. Mathias Episcopal Church, Shreveport
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Shreveport
Christ Church, St. Joseph
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Sulphur
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, West Monroe
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Winnfield
St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Winnsboro