The Diocese requires that every person who will be working with children attend PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN (Virtus). This 3 hour session provides participants an idea of how to maintain a safe environment for our children. Each participant also agrees to a Criminal Background Check, which is paid for by the Diocese.
A Virtus Refresher course is required 5 years after completing Protecting God's Children course. The Refresher is 1 and 1/2 hours long and is titled KEEPING THE PROMISE ALIVE
The Cardinal requires that every parish offer a grade specific Sacred & Safe Lesson each year. The lesson plans for these lessons are located at
We are committed to partnering with parents in keeping the light of faith burning in the children. We believe in God’s incredible goodness but also know the reality of sin and evil that exists in this world. We desire to partner with the parents in sharing effective ways for their children to acknowledge that they are God’s creation and then offer skills that will assist in keeping them safe. There is a saying that says that “evil flourishes, when good people do nothing.” This is one way the Diocese is doing something to set an environment where children recognize themselves as prince and princesses in the Kingdom of God. To assist them in knowing that they have the right to say “NO!” to anyone who seeks to harm them or treat them as anything less than a wonderful child of God!