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.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
SAINT JOHN the EVANGELIST PARISH, PITTSTON
*Session will take place in the rectory*
Please call or email Kathy Bolinski to register:
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
SAINT LUKE’S PARISH, STROUDSBURG
*Session will take place in the lower level of the church*
Participants are asked to register by calling the parish office at 570.421.9097
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017
SAINT JOHN’S PARISH, EAST STROUDSBURG
Participants may register by calling the parish office at: 570.223.9144
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
begins at 6:30 P.M.
ASCENSION PARISH, FOREST CITY
Training will be held in Sacred Heart Church Hall with parking
behind the Church.
Participants may register by calling the parish office 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.**