VIRTUS - Child Protection


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The Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection requires that all employees and volunteers who have regular contact with children attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session and complete a favorable criminal background check before working or volunteering with children. Session participants must register with VIRTUS ONLINE before attending a Child Awareness Session. For a list of participating parishes and session schedules see the VIRTUS site. Once certified, participants are required to remain compliant by reading monthly articles. Alert notifications are sent through email.


As part of the Decree, employees and volunteers must also submit to a criminal background check. Volunteers are required to complete the background check online with from within their VIRTUS account. Only teachers, clerics, staff, and those who have lived outside of Ohio will need to be fingerprinted. Individuals who are presently approved to volunteer with children, but have not been fingerprinted in the last five years, will need to go to their VIRTUS account and access by clicking on the toolbox tab. This will allow those volunteers to complete a background check and update their records. Active volunteers who have had a background check through will not need to resubmit to a background check every five years. 


The cost of the background checks are $25. This fee may be paid in one of two ways. The parish will have Fastrax Tokens which will be prepaid by the parish. Each token will have a corresponding number much like a “coupon code.” A volunteer may call the parish office at 922-0715 or email and receive a Fastrax Token number to use for payment when completing the background check online. Parish office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Volunteers have the option of paying for the background check online through personal credit/debit card. The parish will be happy to reimburse those who choose this method of payment.     

More Information

Visit the Archdiocese website for a full description of the Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection, or contact the Parish Office at