Diocese of Tyler

Acceptance Certificate for Service

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by our Diocese. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.

In order to achieve the above, the Diocese of Tyler's Acceptance Certificate for Service (ACS) program, which is required of all who will be supervising ministry to minors or vulnerable adults, consists of training, screening, background checks and other procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. 

Re-certification will require: 1) Participation in the new 90 minute training conducted by an approved diocesan trainer; 2) Re-commitment to the Code of Ethics; 3) Completion of a new criminal background check; 4) $10 fee to cover the cost of background check.

If you have questions? Please contact:

María Flores
Office of Ethics and Integrity
903-534-1077 ext 188

(Bi-lingual Contact, full time at the Chancery)

Maria Floresis the primary contact at the Chancery for matters connected with implementing Ethics and Integrity.  Maria is bi-lingual and can help with issues concerning ACS, Safe Environment Program, Parish Contact Persons, and Parish/Mission compliance.

Code and Background Check Application

Background Check Application (Rev. 2015): English | Español  

If a person has recently moved to the United States, a criminal background check of records in this country is ineffective. The Diocese of Tyler verifies the background through testimonials. These testimonials should be given by people who have good personal knowledge of the person seeking ACS.

Sample personal testimonial letter:  English | Español

Sample testimonial letter from personal acquaintances: EnglishEspañol

Problems with Background Checks (Rev. 2016): English | Español

Schedule Training Sessions

For a calendar of scheduled Basic Training and Re-Certification click here.

If you wish to schedule a training in your area, please read the Memo outlying requirements for setting up a training session for Basic Training or Re-Certification: click here for Memo

ACS Trainers

The Diocese has appointed a group of official trainers from every deanery.  These trainers have been carefully selected and have agreed to serve the Diocese of Tyler in this capacity for the next three years.  While there are many people who have expressed willingness to serve as a trainer the decision was made to have a modest sized group of trainers that can stay current with the programs.

Current list of trainers (updated October 2017) please select trainers from your deanery first, some of the members of the team that designed the program do limited trainings.

Problems with Background checks click here

First Time ACS

There is no change in the procedure for obtaining the ACS for the first time:  1) Participate in a training session (Either Basic or Awareness); 2) commit to the Code of Ethics; 3) completion of a criminal background check; 4) payment of a $10 fee for processing the background check. 

Training Programs for ACS

Basic Training is still required for new employees and those other Church personnel who will be supervising ministry to minors or vulnerable adults.  This three hour training is conducted by one of the approved trainers.

Awareness Training is available in every parish, mission, school or institution and is based on a 30 minute video and can be facilitated by anyone with an ACS who attended the Basic Training.  Memo on Awareness Training 

Re-Certification 4.0  is a 90 minute training for extending the ACS for three years.  Training is done by a diocesan trainer. 

Problems or questions connected to ACS or training can be directed to Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL, Promoter of Justice promoter@dioceseoftyler.org.