The Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis and St Bonaventure Catholic Community have united in a program to heighten awareness of the need to provide children and vulnerable adults with safe environments, especially within the church; also because the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is mandating that each diocese provide such programs for all personnel and volunteers who have regular or on-going unsupervised contact with children and/or vulnerable adults.
Background Checks For Staff:
According to Clergy Bulletin Volume XVIII, Number 3, all candidates for employment within the Archdiocese must have background checks conducted through the appropriate sources.
Shared Ministry with the help of each Ministry identifies volunteers that work with children or vulnerable adults. Background checks are performed to make sure every child and vulnerable adult is protected from offenders who would bring them harm.
Virtus: Protecting all God's Children for Adults
A Virtus training session includes awareness of the many ways that sexual abuse harms its victims, their families, the parish, and the community. The awareness session also helps adults learn to recognize the warning signs of abuse and appropriate ways to respond to suspicious behavior. The goal of the awareness session is to empower each person with five steps to help prevent sexual abuse within the church environment and/or within society in general.
Virtus online training/signup site