Virtus - Protecting God's Children
If you are an adult involved with children in any parish/school activity such as sports, volunteer drivers, a school volunteer on a regular basis, religious education, vacation bible school, etc. one of the requirements for volunteering is attendance at a VIRTUS workshop. The Archdiocese requires all volunteers who have regular contact with children under the age of 18 go through a screening process that includes a background check and attendance at a workshop called Virtus: Protecting God’s Children. The workshop includes discussions focused on recognition and prevention of child sexual abuse. Attendees will learn steps that the faith community can take to create a safe environment for every child who comes into our midst.
You must register online prior to the workshop so that there are enough materials available for all in attendance. To register online, go to www.virtus.org and click the yellow link labeled “Registration." Enter the password “trust” in the subsequent registration box. Choose “Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX” as the name of the organization. Follow the rest of the directions on the screen to choose your class. There are several St. Michael parishes listed, so make sure you choose the St. Michael on Sage if you wish to take the class here.
If you have any questions, contact VIRTUS parish coordinator, Bob McCarthy at 713-403-4111.