VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children
The Safe Environment Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago provides resources to educate clergy, employees and volunteers on how to prevent sexual abuse, recognize grooming behaviors and create safe environments for children and young people in our parishes, schools and community. In addition, the Safe Environment Office is responsible for tracking the screening of clergy, employees and volunteers.
The following components must be completed for all adult volunteers (18+) who come into contact with children in the parish environment. Please submit all forms and a copy of your VIRTUS and MRT certificates to the Parish Rectory or Religious Ed Office to the attention of
9248 N. Lawndale Ave.
Evanston, IL 60203
Quick Links to Compliance for Volunteers
|Archdiocesan Code of Conduct
|Read and then print the appropriate signature page and submit to the parish contact. Must be completed and submitted at the start of service, and then annually.|
|Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System (CANTS)
|Must be completed and submitted to the parish contact at the start of service, and then annually.|
|VIRTUS – 1st Time
Click Here to find and pre-register for an upcoming Training session and create a new account.
VIRTUS – Existing Volunteers
If you have taken the Virtus in-person training and have an account, click here to log in and complete the required ongoing online updates, or to print a copy of your certificate for our records:
|All employees and volunteers who come into contact with children are mandated to attend a VIRTUS session within 60 days of beginning service. Submit a copy of your certificate to the parish contact
For Organization, select Chicago, IL (Archdiocese)
For your Primary Location, select
St. Joan (Evanston)
|Mandated Reporter Training (MRT)
Create an account and complete the training session:
|This one-time online training session (~ an hour) is required for all Catechists. When you finish the session, please be sure that you are connected to a printer in order to print and submit a copy of your certificate.|