All adult volunteers in this archdiocese who have ongoing contact with children, young people, and vulnerable adults are required to attend a "VIRTUS: Protecting God's Children for Adults" session.
The three-hour VIRTUS session consists of a presentation of printed materials, videos, and group discussion. Among other things, VIRTUS attendees will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms that indicate a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or exploited in some way, environmental factors to be aware of in the physical space of the parish or school, how abusers operate, and things parents/caring adults can do to help educate their children and vulnerable adults about how to respond to inappropriate behavior toward them.
To pre-register, visit www.virtus.org. It is very important that you pre-register to make sure your attendance is counted. If the session at St. Odilia does not work with your schedule, please feel free to choose another session listed on www.virtus.org. There are dozens of other sessions scheduled throughout the archdiocese and you may register for any session outside your home parish or school that's not listed as only for employees or volunteers of the hosting institution (indicated with CLOSED).
If you would like more information about VIRTUS, please contact Annie in the parish office at 651-415-3300 or visit www.archspm.org and click on "Protection of Children and Youth Initiative."