All those who minister to children or young people are to be educated about the nature of child sexual abuse, how it is perpetrated, how to report it, and strategies for prevention. The Diocese of Gaylord has implemented a training program by the name of “VIRTUS”. VIRTUS is a national program, widely in use in dioceses throughout the United States. It is a web-based, on-line training program that specializes in helping churches and religious organizations create safe environments for children and youth. VIRTUS is mandatory for all adult School employees and volunteers.
VIRTUS is also mandatory for all Parish and Diocesan employees, as well as those volunteers who are expected to have regular contact with children or vulnerable adults each month or for extended hours intermittently.
Once taken, the VIRTUS program must be retaken by employees and volunteers every five (5) years.
Log on to the Diocese of Gaylord website (www.dioceseofgaylord.org), go to “Offices & Ministries”, proceed to “Human Resources” and finally to the “Virtus” heading. You will create a user ID and password and complete the course that is offered there for the Diocese of Gaylord. At the end of the VIRTUS course, you will be issued an on line Certificate. Please print the Certificate and present it to your hiring entity (parish or school).
To take your Virtus Training, click here.