The Charter to Protect Children and Young People enacted by the U.S. Bishops in 2002, and the subsequent Church norms approved by the Vatican, give every diocese the mandate to establish educational and training programs that will help everyone to recognize and deal effectively with the problem of child sexual abuse.
To fulfill this requirement, the Diocese has chosen the “Protecting God’s Children for Adults” component of VIRTUS, which is aimed at establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all children. The VIRTUS programs have been developed by The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. of Lisle, Ill., a non-profit organization that provides risk control services to one-third of the Catholic dioceses in the U.S., including the Diocese of Scranton.
VIRTUS, derived from the Latin word meaning moral strength and excellence, represented a behavior and way of life in ancient times that aspired to the highest moral code and appropriate human interaction. The modern-day program which carries its name aspires to uphold these values.
Safe Environment Children’s Program
The national Charter to Protect Children and Young People also requires each diocese to set up a safety education program for children.
The safety education program for students in grades K-12 teaches them how to recognize and avoid situations that could lead to sexual abuse. It also encourages communication between children and their parents so that dangerous situations and incidents are reported promptly.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017
PRINCE OF PEACE PARISH, OLD FORGE
Please contact the parish
for registration and directions.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017
MONSIGNOR MCHUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CRESCO
Please contact the school office at 570-595-7463 to register/directions.
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY, DALLAS
*Session location: Anderson Center (Athletic Building), Rm 226*
Turn right after entering the building and go down the hall
Please contact Dr. Steve Broskoske to register and/or directions:
570/674-6761 or email@example.com
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, EAST STROUDSBURG
People registering and have questions with directions may call the school at 570.421.0466 and speak to the secretary.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017
ASCENSION PARISH, FOREST CITY
*Session will take place in Sacred Heart Church Hall*
People registering and have questions with directions
may call the parish at 570.785.3838
Please note that walk-ins may not always be accepted the day of the VIRTUS session.
That’s why we strongly urge you to register by phone or email several days to a week prior to a class.
Thank you very much.
The Safe Environment programs for adults and children are ongoing. They are vital components of the Diocese of Scranton’s continuing commitment to ensure safe environments for all children. For more information on this commitment, please click here on Resources for Parents and Catechists.
**Participating in the VIRTUS training program applies only to adults 18 years and older.**