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Jan Slattery

About the Blogger

Jan Slattery is the Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth

Blog posts by Jan Slattery

  • Monday, March 31, 2014

    Who Remembers Pinwheels?

    Pinwheels take me back to my childhood – bright, colorful, shiny objects that blow in the wind.  Now, as an adult, pinwheels represent the happy, healthy and care-free childhood I had and that all children deserve.


  • Monday, August 10, 2009

    Maybe it’s time we refocus?

    The past two months I have been auditing parishes across the Archdiocese to determine how effective we, the Church of Chicago, have been at institutionalizing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  I can attest to the size of the Archdiocese by the miles I have spent in the car.  I have been in the country.  Did you know that cows graze on acreage adjoining St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Mundelein?  I have been in parishes in the city located near busy expressways.  I was thrilled by the commitment of parishes that have embraced protecting children and challenged by parishes that are tired of the Charter and its requirements.