What are the Virtus Programs?
VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “rightdoing” within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.
Who created the VIRTUS programs?
The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. (National Catholic) created the programs. Monsignor Kevin McCoy, past board chairman of National Catholic, asked whether child sexual abuse could be prevented and, if so, how? In March of 1998, National Catholic invited prominent national experts—experts in many disciplines—to discuss these questions at a forum in Washington, D.C. From those discussions, the initiative for the VIRTUS programs was created. The National Catholic Board of Directors selected an Ad Hoc Committee to oversee development of the programs. The Ad Hoc Committee was assisted by a steering committee of nationally known experts and program and service providers.
Why Do I need to attend a VIRTUS training?
If you are an adult over the age of 18 and you would like to volunteer with youth under the age of 18, you are required by the Diocese of Richmond to attend a VIRTUS training session. These sessions are educational in nature and help form adult volunteers that enables them to protect God’s children from any and all harm.
How do I register?
To register for a VIRTUS training session, please follow this link (goes to an external website).