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Safe Environment Training for Adults: Protecting Our Children

by Aug 1, 2022Weekly-Email

Are you considering volunteering for a ministry here at St. Francis?

We hope you are! If the ministry has substantial contact with children then you  must attend safe environment training. And no worries, we are offering the Virtus  training program here at the parish.

The VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children is the adult program being offered by the Diocese of Arlington to establish a safe-environment for children. The Diocese requires all adult employees and also volunteers who have substantial contact with children to attend the seminar.  This includes:

  • Vacation Bible School volunteers
  • Nursery volunteers
  • Confirmation retreat parent volunteers
  • School parent volunteers, who chaperone field trips, volunteer in the classroom, etc.
  • Mommy & Me volunteers
  • Coaches for all sports
  • Boy Scout/Girl Scout leaders and assistants
  • Catechists and Assistant Catechists
  • CYM and MSYM volunteers
  • All church and school employees

Every adult member of the parish is invited to register and attend the workshop. Questions?  Please contact Chanel Marquis.

Training and Registration

St. Francis of Assisi Parish will host a VIRTUS Session on Saturday, September 10th from 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center Dining Facility (session begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.).  To attend this workshop you must pre-register with your full legal name.  The session is limited to 60 people, but there are a number of sessions offered throughout the Diocese; please check availability on the VIRTUS website.

To register: Please go to and click on the green button/link labeled “First-Time Registrant” (you may either view a list of sessions or begin the registration process).  To register for a specific session, select “Begin the Registration Process”.  Then, from the pull-down menu, select “Diocese of Arlington, VA”.  Then follow the online prompts.

Every adult member of the parish is invited to register and attend the workshop—it is our duty as members of this community of faith to be aware of how we can support and protect all children.