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Circles of Care

In the fall 2006, the Diocese began to include a personal safety component in the curriculum of its Catholic schools and religious education programs called Circles of Care. The curriculum addresses age appropriate personal safety issues for children and youth and is introduced in the context of Catholic moral teaching. The Circles of Care curriculum for the elementary levels has been developed to complement the Safe and Sound All Around program, while the curriculum for the older grades will be based on lessons contained in the book Creating Safe and Sacred Places by McGlone, Shrader and Delgatto (St. Mary’s Press, 2003).

In 2006, the Office for Ministerial Conduct provided lesson plans and reference materials for each school and parish. In addition, the Office for Ministerial Conduct provided a sample letter to parents with information about the curriculum so that parents can have the opportunity to request that their children be excused from the class.

For more information on the Circles of Care Program check out these links:

Circles of Care Lesson Plans

Circles of Care/Netsmartz Forms and Resources

For more information, please contact:
Mary Ellen D'Intino
Delegate for Ministerial Conduct
Director of Safe Environment Programs
Compliance Officer
(603) 663-0149


Eve Mongeau
Safe Environment Assistant
(603) 663-0109

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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