The Diocese of Cleveland’s VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children program raises awareness about the need to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse and informs adults how we can and must protect our children. Certified Lay Ecclesial Ministers are to be in full compliance with all diocesan norms on this topic whether or not you interact with minors in your ministerial setting. Current diocesan VIRTUS requirements include:
- BCI background fingerprint check on file with the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office within the past five years or registration with selection.com if fingerprints are more than five years old.
- Completed facilitator-led VIRTUS training workshop and completion of at least 24 monthly bulletins, available online.
- Completed Standards of Conduct acknowledgement form (Revised 2016, including online videos), submitted to the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office.
- Completed Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse (revised 2016) acknowledgment form, submitted to the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office.
All documents also must be on file with the parish or institution of ministry.
Candidates in formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification must be in the process of completing these VIRTUS requirements, and must complete them prior to becoming certified.
If you have any questions regarding your status, please call the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office at (440) 943-7670. To sign up for VIRTUS on-site and/or on-line training go to www.virtusonline.org OR if you have questions about VIRTUS contact: Office for the Protection of Children and Youth Sharon Minson, Director 216-696-6525. ext. 1157 or via email.