Faith Formation

VIRTUS: Our Child Protection Program


VIRTUS is a national child protection program in the Catholic Church.  The VIRTUS training enables adults working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults to identify and quickly react to potential threats to child safety, suspicions of child abuse, and most importantly, stop any potential abuse before it happens.

All volunteers who work with children in any capacity under the auspices of the Church, be it part of youth ministry or any other Church organization, as well as all employees and clerics, must be VIRTUS trained, undergo a background check which updates quarterly, and complete continuing educational training every month in the VIRTUS program.

If you are interested in getting involved in one of our ministries serving children and youth, contact PJ Ehling to see where your gifts and talents may be of best impact in the parish.  Registration in the VIRTUS program has become very streamlined, with all but the VIRTUS training completed online.  If you are a member of an organization that works with youth or children in the parish, even if only occasionally, please contact PJ Ehling for more information regarding the VIRTUS training.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati's child protection program began in 1993.  In 2014, our child protection program adopted VIRTUS as its mode of training, with background checks through  You can access the VIRTUS website at, and the Archdiocese's Safe Environment Office website here.