Teresa Morris KETTELKAMP
Retired Police Colonel, Safeguarding Executive Director of the US Bishops Conference
Former Colonel with Illinois State Police. Expert in policies and guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. Former Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.
Teresa Morris Kettelkamp is a former Colonel with Illinois State Police. She is an expert in policies and guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and former Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.
Teresa M. Kettelkamp retired from Illinois State Police after 29 years with the rank of Colonel. At the time of her retirement, she headed the ISP’s Division of Forensic Services: crime labs and crime scene services.
Previously, she headed the ISP’s Division of Internal Investigation, which was responsible for the investigation of allegations of misconduct within the ISP, as well as in the agencies, boards and commissions under the executive branch of Illinois state government.
Teresa Kettelkamp retired from the ISP for the purpose of working for the Gavin Group, Inc. in conducting the first annual compliance audits of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
She was appointed the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2005. She resigned from the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection in 2011 to do consulting work.
In January 2016, Teresa Kettelkamp moved to Rome to work for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Her focus at the PCPM was to work on universal guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, as well the healing and care for victims and survivors.
In 2018, Pope Francis appointed her as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors where she served as moderator for the working group focused on the healing of survivors as well as integrating their voices into the ministry of the Church.
In 2022, Pope Francis reappointed her a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
XV Plenary Assembly addresses the realities, challenges, and directions for the Commission, Safeguarding, and the Church
The XV ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors took place in Rome and online from April 19-22, 2021.
Teresa Kettelkamp on the event: “Each one has a history, a problem, a moment in life when they were violated. It is necessary to give identity, to know the name, to listen, more than to talk.”
TutelaMinorum President Cardinal Sean O’ Malley will give the key note address this Thursday in a church leadership Safeguarding formation seminar for the Brazilian Bishop’s Conference. The three day seminar, entitled “Healing Wounds” preceedes the annual assembly of the Bishops Conference, the largest episcopal conference in the Church.