Before being approved to work with youth in our parish or school all adults (18+) must register and attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session and complete an online background check that is integrated with the online VIRTUS system as part of your registration.

Background checks via fingerprinting is no longer valid. The session last approximately 3 hours and the background check requires a one time cost of $25 we ask volunteers to cover. Once approved volunteers will be required to complete monthly online training bulletin to stay in compliance. As part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and St. Margaret of York's commitment to keeping children safe the VIRTUS® Program is now a requirement for all adult volunteers as of July 1, 2014.

For a list of sessions being offered in the area and to register please visit

Summary of Responsibilities

Background Check
(requires a one time cost of $25)
VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session 
(the session lasts approximately 3 hrs.)
Monthly Online Training Bulletins

Additional Information

3 or more Missed Bulletins:
You are out of compliance and not allowed to volunteer with youth until bulletins are completed

18 or more missed bulletins:
You will be required to take an 1 1/2 hr. online refresher before the Archdiocese will reactivate you.

Catechists and Religious Educators

In addition to the VIRTUS® requirements for working with youth, catechists and religious educators; paid and volunteer must be certified and maintain certification with Vocare Catechetical Certification. Vocare is a requirement for catechetical leaders as of June 2017.

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