Safe Environment Resources

Diocesan Review Board

The Diocesan Review Board was established to assist the bishop in complying with the requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms (Estatuto para la protección de niños y jóvenes) and advises him regarding allegations against clergy and policies and procedures related to Youth Protection.


Katharine Barrett

Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985, and then spent two years in Brooklyn, New York serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: East (1985-1987), completed the M.Div. degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1990. Has worked in Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame for 20 years.  Mother of four children.  Member of Saint Joseph Parish, South Bend.

Deacon Joseph Dietz

Joe has 40 years of law enforcement experience, including 17 years as a police officer in Florida and Ohio and 20 years as a Special Agent for the Ohio Bureau of Investigation (BCI). Joe was a Lieutenant with the Palm Beach Police Department when he relocated to Ohio for faith and family reasons. He retired from BCI in 2016 as Director of Investigative Services after having also worked in Crime Scene, Special Investigations, and Cyber Crimes. Following his retirement from BCI, Joe and his wife Mary moved to South Bend, Indiana, to be near their children and grandchildren, and he began working part-time for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office in 2017. Joe currently works conducting criminal investigations of financial crimes and specializes in cases that involve financial exploitation of the elderly.  Joe was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 7, 2005, and has served at St. Edward Parish in Ashland, Ohio, since then. He was granted diaconal ministerial faculties in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend by the Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades in May of 2017. Joe currently exercises his diaconal ministry at Christ the King Parish in South Bend, while also returning one weekend a month to assist at St. Edward.

Dr. Susan Feathergill

Dr. Susan Feathergill, Psy.D., licensed clinical psychologist. Graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in1994.  Currently provides psychological services for children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. Previously worked in inpatient and outpatient community mental health settings. Adjunct Professor at University of Notre Dame, Theology Department. Wife, Aunt to 9 nieces and nephews, Member of St. Pius X Parish, Granger.

Joseph Flores

Joseph received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Ball State University, and completed his master’s degree in Public Administration at Purdue University Fort Wayne. His early career was spent in retail management, followed by a transition into public service. He has since investigated civil rights complaints, including allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault, for the City of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission and Purdue University Fort Wayne. He was recently hired as an investigator at the US Center for SafeSport, which responds to allegations of misconduct within the US Olympic and Paralympic movement. Mr. Flores is also a notary and registered mediator in the State of Indiana.

Kenton Kiracofe

Kenton Kiracofe was appointed Judge of the 28th Judicial Circuit (Wells Circuit Court), by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2011.  He has since been elected twice and his present term expires on December 31, 2024.  He was appointed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush to be the Chair of the Probation Committee and an at large representative on the Indiana Judicial Board of Directors.   He also currently serves on the board of directors for the Indiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  Judge Kiracofe’s docket includes a wide variety of cases, including major felonies, juvenile delinquents, children in need of services, family law, probate, and litigation. Prior to taking the bench, he was a deputy prosecutor from 2002 throug