Volunteers who minister to children, youth or vulnerable adults must complete the ‘Essential 3’ which includes undergoing a background check, signing a code of conduct and attending a VIRTUS session, as mandated by the Archdiocese. You can register for the VIRTUS session, submit background check forms, and sign the code of conduct online by visiting www.virtus.org. (See more information below.) Please call or stop in the parish office (763-421-2471) if you need assistance or have questions. Paper copies of the background check forms and code of conduct are available in the parish office as well.
(If you are not driving a vehicle as part of your ministry, you do NOT need to complete the Driver’s Information Form 7. If you do not need/wish to share the background check information with another parish, you do NOT need to complete Form 8.)
Youth under the age of 18 who wish to volunteer with children must complete two student volunteer character references and sign a code of conduct.
VIRTUS training is a three hour awareness session which better equips adults to protect children in the world around them. It is required of all clergy, deacons, school and parish employees as well as all volunteers who are in regular contact with children under the age of 18.
VIRTUS sessions are scheduled at churches throughout the Archdiocese, including St. Stephen.
You must register online to attend a session:
•Go to www.virtus.org
•Click on the “Registration” link in the left-hand column.
•Select “Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Archdiocese)” from the drop-down box.
•Participants will create their own “User ID” and “Password”.
•Follow the screen prompts to continue the on-line registration.