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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202-2129
(513) 421-3131 ext. 2843
(513) 421-6225 (fax)

VIRTUS Awareness Session

Effective June 18, 2012, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has substantially changed the way it conducts training for its Decree on Child Protection.  All training sessions on the Decree will now be known as VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions.  Each Awareness Session will last 3 hours.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the sessions.  You must pre-register with VIRTUS® before attending. Walk-in’s are not permitted.  To register follow the registration instructions.
Online Virtus® Registration instructions.

This is in conjunction with the already in place Child Protection Decree Program that the Archdiocese has sponsored for the past several years. Even if you have already completed the Child Protection Decree Program, all people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions, must also attend (or have already attended) a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session for the Decree on Child Protection before you are approved to work with children.
View the 11 minute program introduction.

Starting July 1, 2014, all people who work or volunteer within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati must attend a live VIRTUS session AND read their monthly bulletins. If you fall behind in reading three or more bulletins, your account will be suspended until you make arrangements with your local Safe Environment Coordinator.

If you have any questions concerning your VIRTUS account, please go on-line to look at your account information or discuss the matter with your local Safe Environment Coordinator.


Who has to attend a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session?
All priests, deacons, other ministers, employees and volunteers who may or may not have contact with children, young people and individuals at risk as part of their duties are required to complete the VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session.

Where and when are training sessions held?
Awareness training sessions, called Protecting God’s Children for Adults, are being held across the Archdiocese by VIRTUS® trained facilitators.  To view a schedule of training sessions for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, click here.  Select Cincinnati, OH (Archdiocese) from the drop-down list. You will also be able to pre-register for a training session at that time.  You must pre-register with VIRTUS® before attending. Walk-in’s are not permitted.

How do I register for a training session?
All priests, deacons, other ministers, employees and volunteers must pre-register online for Protecting God’s Children for Adults by visiting the VIRTUS® website www.virtus.org and select Registration.  Then select View a List of Sessions, and select Cincinnati, OH (Archdiocese).  You will then receive the most current schedule of upcoming sessions. To pre-register, click on Start Registration and type in a user id and password.  Next, just click on Continue to complete the registration process.

How do I register to attend a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session if I don’t have internet access?
All members of the clergy, employees and adult volunteers must pre-register online. If you don’t have access to the internet, please call the parish or school where you work or volunteer.