New head of USCCB Office for Child and Youth Protection named

.- The United States bishops’ Office for Child and Youth Protection has a new director. Teresa M. Kettelkamp, who served with the Illinois State Police for 29 years, is the new executive director, effective April 13.

Kettelkamp succeeds Kathleen L. McChesney, who directed the office from its founding in December 2002 until February 2005.

“Teresa Kettelkamp brings an extraordinary wealth of experience and complete commitment to the protection of children and young people," USSCB general secretary Msgr. William P. Fay said.

Kettelkamp pledged to work “tirelessly to continue to give victims a voice, to encourage them to come forward for healing, and to strengthen the protection mechanisms for children which were implemented by the Charter."

Kettelkamp was the first woman to attain the rank of colonel in the Illinois State Police. She retired in July 2003 to assist the Gavin Group, Inc., conduct audits of all Catholic dioceses and eparchies for compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. She also assisted the Gavin Group in the development of the first audit instrument and a draft audit manual.

In her nearly three decades of law enforcement, Kettelkamp was responsible for the Illinois State Police's Division of Forensic Services, managing the second-largest forensic system in the nation and the third-largest in the world.

She headed the Division of Internal Investigation, which investigates allegations of misconduct within the agency and the executive branch of government, and she supervised 28 specially trained agents who conducted statewide investigations involving missing and sexually exploited children.

Kettelkamp has received several awards, including the Illinois State Police Achievement Medal on four separate occasions, the YWCA Women of Excellence Award in 2001, and the "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Award of the National Center for Women in Policing.

The mother of two resides in Springfield, Illinois, where she is a lector and eucharistic minister at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »


Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: