Background Checks/VIRTUS

Safe Environment Information

Adult Requirements

All clergy and parish, school and diocesan employees, as well as all volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors must complete the Essential 3 requirements:

  • Background Check – The background check is run by an archdiocese-approved agency and provides a criminal history. This is an important step to screen out individuals who might present a danger to children and youth.

Contact the coordinator of your ministry or the parish office for the required background check forms.

  • VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Awareness Session Attendance – VIRTUS live training is a three hour awareness session which better equips adults to protect children and youth in the world around them. VIRTUS sessions are offered throughout year and at various locations across the archdiocese.

Register for a VIRTUS session near you.

Registration Guide for New Users

Registration Guide for Re- Credentialing

Here are answers to questions that people frequently have before attending a VIRTUS session.

  • Code of Conduct – A person must acknowledge that he or she understands and agrees to the principles and standards outlined in the code of conduct appropriate to his or her ministry. Contact the coordinator of your ministry or the parish office to read, and sign the Code of Conduct form.

For information regarding requirements for adults who volunteer with vulnerable adults, please see Protecting Vulnerable Adults.

For information regarding requirements for minor youth who volunteer with children, other youth or vulnerable adults, please see the Minor Volunteer OPCY Guidelines.

 

Principles for Child Protection Catechesis