Virtus Training. Protecting God’s Children

What is the VIRTUS Training Program?

The VIRTUS training, “Protecting God’s Children” program is designed to increase one’s knowledge and awareness of child sexual abuse and how one can help prevent the sexual abuse of minors and to implement the proper response when abuse may be indicated.

The primary goal of the VIRTUS program is to educate all volunteers and employees in the recognition and prevention of sexual abuse.

Who is Required to Sign Up for this Program?

Teachers, staff, and all volunteers who minister to or work with minor children must attend one of the VIRTUS Training program sessions and are required to read a number of bulletins online per year at the VIRTUS Online website.

Human resource considers the following list of volunteers as those that have contact with children:

Athletic Directors/Coaches*
Cafeteria Workers
Clerical/Office Workers
Chaperones for Overnight Events
Custodians (School or Parish)
Drivers (for Youth)
Day Care/Extended Care Workers*
Library Assistants
Maintenance (School or Parish)
Playground Monitors
“Room” Mothers or Fathers
Sacramental Prep*
Scout Volunteers
Youth Ministry Program Leaders*
Youth Retreat


VIRTUS Procedural Requirements

The following three steps are required:

Live Training Session
The first step is to attend a live training session, which is offered at various parishes/schools throughout the Grand Rapids Diocese. At the training session, you MUST sign in on their sign-up sheet and put:  “Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish/School” as your location. and mark volunteer, educator or employee as one of your roles.

Background Check
The second step is to complete a Background Check Form administered by the Diocese of Grand Rapids or IHM Parish. Special care is taken to protect your privacy. Please return to parish office.  Click for Form

Standards of Ministerial Behavior  The third step is to read and complete the Standards of Ministerial Behavior Form and sign and date.  Please return to parish office.  Click for Form

Ongoing Personal Training/Required Readings*
After the live training session is completed, ongoing training is provided through the VIRTUS Online website. Certain roles will be required to read a bulletin once a month. More information can be found at VIRTUS Online.

You are required to read a certain number of bulletins per calendar year as part of the continuing education program.

For more information please contact Jane Eggleston @ 241-4477 and to sign up for a class please click link below:



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