St. Patrick Church is part of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph

+ Led by Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. (2015-now) Read more about our Bishop

+ Diocese founded in August 29, 1956, combining the Diocese of St. Joseph (founded March 3, 1868) and the Diocese of Kansas City (founded September 10, 1880)

+ Comprised of 27 counties in the State of Missouri: Andrew, Atchison, Bates, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Vernon, and Worth

Please visit the Diocese website below for more information and questions:


Child and Youth Protection


The core value of the OCYP is the protection of children from sexual abuse.

We strive to build trust and positive relationships in our community by:

  • Acknowledging and repenting for the failures of the past
  • Providing care and support
  • Educating and training
  • Responding appropriately to allegations

Our Commitment:

  • Comply with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
  • Reach out to victims and their families and demonstrate a sincere commitment to their spiritual and emotional well-being.
  • Educate children about their rights to a safe environment and empower them to speak up.
  • Train adults to recognize warning signs, to report suspicions of sexual abuse and foster safe environments for children.
  • Report all allegations of sexual abuse to civil authorities.
  • Investigate all allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against clerics, employees and volunteers of the diocese, providing findings to the Independent Review Board for recommendations to the Bishop.

Office of Child and Youth Protection

Carrie Cooper, Director: (816) 714-2380

Sherry Huffman, Safe Environment Program Coordinator: (816) 714-2394

Kathleen Chastain, Victim Services Coordinator: (816) 392-0011

Sarah Parr, Administrative Assistant: (816) 714-2384

Independent Ombudsman

(816) 812-2500