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Essential 3

Safe Environment Policy and Requirements for Volunteers

Essential 3

A key to our commitment to promoting safe environments in our parishes and communities is for all persons in positions of trust in regard to minors and vulnerable adults to fulfill the Enhanced Essential 3 requirements (EE3), with re-credentialing required every three years. Your involvement at your parish as an employee or volunteer who interacts with children, youth or vulnerable adults warrants compliance with the Archdiocese’s Safe Environment requirements.  Please contact the Director of the ministry you wish to volunteer for information on completing the EE3.  Thank you.

 The EE3 relates to:

1) Code of Conduct
2) Safe Environment Training (VIRTUS)
3) Background checks

You can complete your background recheck, complete Safe Environment re-training, as well as read and sign a Code of Conduct online at www.virtus.org.     

 *If you previously attended a VIRTUS session, please do not create a new account; you MUST log in using your existing account. If you cannot remember your User ID, please contact Bridget at the parish office.  Once you log in to your account, you will have access to the background recheck, re-training video, and Code of Conduct within the Toolbox tab.

 Here is what is asked specifically of you (only do the items with an asterisk *):

*  Read and sign the online Code of Conduct.  

*  Complete the online background check or recheck as required by your parish.                    

*  Sign up to take the Virtus training or Renew your safe environment training (VIRTUS) by viewing the Keeping the Promise Alive training video as required by your parish or Catholic school. The video lasts approximately 30 minutes and involves 5 questions at the end of the video.


If you have any questions, please contact Bridget at bridget.samson@stjosephcommunity.org or 651-423-4402.

Your participation in the Enhanced Essential 3 will make our local Church a safer environment for all. Thanks for doing all that you can to protect God’s children, particularly the most vulnerable among us!

Abused and Neglected Children

Faith Formation personnel are required by law to conform to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.  All staff have a responsibility to study and understand the Minnesota Department of Children and Family Services reporting requirements.  A copy of the brochure "How to Report Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect" can be found in the About Us section of our Website, or by clicking here: Brochure