VIRTUS Protecting God's Children

Required Volunteer Training

Prior to beginning volunteer work, anyone who will be involved in a ministry with minors (those under the age of 18), the elderly, or other vulnerable adults (those who are uniquely vulnerable to abuse because of physical or mental disabilities) must attend VIRTUS Protecting God's Children Training. This is a seminar on identifying and responding to child sexual abuse. All adult employees and volunteers who have contact with children must complete Protecting God’s Children. 

There are four upcoming trainings scheduled at our parishes:

  • Tuesday, May 23, 5:00pm-8:00pm - St. Rose of Lima, Topsfield
  • Wednesday, May 24, 11:00am-2:00pm - St. Agnes, Middleton
  • Tuesday, June 6, 11:00am-2:00pm - St. Rose of Lima, Topsfield
  • Wednesday, June 7, 6:00pm-9:00pm - St. Agnes, Middleton

To register for one of these trainings or another training session near you, please visit

  • On the left side of the page click on “First Time Registrant” 
  • Select “View list of sessions”
  • Select “Boston, MA (Archdiocese)” from the drop down menu.  This will bring you to a list of all scheduled upcoming sessions.  Please make sure to note that there are often trainings in languages other than English.  This is specified on the list.

The training is an in person, 3-hour training that is scheduled at various locations throughout the Archdiocese on a regular basis. 
This training is live and in-person only.  Online and Zoom options are no longer provided now that we are again able to gather in person.

VIRTUS Training only needs to be completed once by volunteers. If you are a volunteer who has already completed VIRTUS Training, please submit your certificate to Amy Kostak ([email protected]) and Colleen O'Brien ([email protected]). If you have not completed VIRTUS Training in the last 5 years, we encourage you to complete the training again, as some content has changed.


To read about other volunteer requirements, visit

Spread the Word

Designed & Powered by On Fire Media |