VIRTUS Program

The Catholic Church, the Diocese of Cleveland, and St. Joseph Church hold the protection of children as one of their highest priorities. To this end, the Diocese of Cleveland adopted a Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse. This policy requires that education and training in the recognition and prevention of sexual abuse towards minor children be given to all Diocesan employees and to all volunteers who come in regular contact with children. This program is named VIRTUS. All questions regarding our policies should be directed to Fr. Joe Mamich, Turn on JavaScript!, or 440.238.5555.

Reports of suspected abuse should be made to the Public Children Services Agency (PCSA) or a municipal police department. Refer to this list of agencies to file a report.


Who Needs VIRTUS Training?

All employees and everyone volunteering in a ministry program at St. Joseph Church that involves regular contact with minor children must complete the following VIRTUS requirements. The ministry or program leaders will let you know if VIRTUS compliance is needed. Read the current St. Joseph Child Protection Letter.

Training Process

  • Obtain a State of Ohio criminal background check. This must be completed for every new volunteer, even if you have volunteered somewhere else in the Diocese. As you begin your ministry at St. Joseph, you must obtain a new background check.
  • Attend a live VIRTUS training session and read follow-up bulletins.
  • After completing the training, a bulletin will be posted to your VIRTUS account each month for you to read.
  • Read the Diocesan Policy and Standards of Conduct.
  • After reading these, print, sign, and return the acknowledgement form which is located at the end of each document. These are all available on the Diocesan Child Protection Page. All current as of June 2016.
  • If you were VIRTUS trained prior to June 2016, you must participate in the mandatory in-service prior to returning the Acknowledgement Forms, available as a PDF below.

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