Safe Environment Information for Volunteers

The Diocese of Phoenix requires all ministers and volunteers to complete a Safe Environment process that includes an application, face-to-face interview, three reference checks and an in-person foundation class.

If you are a new volunteer/minister or if you are thinking about volunteering in the near future, please visit Once on the website, you will fill out an online application, submit your Social Security number and complete an online foundation class. Your background check will be started once you complete the class. Please note: the online class is only available as an accommodation to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Safe Environment year runs July 1 through June 30. Renewals must be completed every year and background checks every five years. St. Bernadette requires that renewals be completed by the first day of school for St. John XXIII. New volunteers must complete the process before being allowed to volunteer.

Visit to create a new application or renew one that you have already created.

For questions, contact the Parish Volunteer office at 480-905-4434.