COVID-19 Update:

With the restrictions imposed during the pandemic, all Virtus Protecting God’s Children Workshops may be attended online. In addition, all the required forms are available on the website. To fulfill the mandatory requirements before volunteering/and or working with minors in the parish go to http://www.virtusonline.org and create an account or log in to your existing account to get up to date.

Mandatory Requirements to Fulfill before Volunteering and/or Working with Minors in the Parish

Out of concern for the safety and well-being of children, every diocesan, parish, school or religious education employee or volunteer who is involved with minors on a regular, recurring basis and those who may have an opportunity to be alone with children during parish, school or religious education sponsored events, are required to attend a Virtus Protecting God’s Children Program.

In addition, every diocesan, parish, school or religious education employee or volunteer who is involved with minors on a regular, recurring basis and those who may have an opportunity to be alone with children during parish, school or religious education sponsored events, are required to complete and submit permission to run a name-based Background Check, as well as read the Diocese of Joliet Pastoral Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors (Revised 2021) and the Diocese of Joliet Standards of Behavior for Those Working with Minors (Revised 2021) and complete a signed Acknowledgement Form on virtusonline.org

Links to Workshop Schedule and Required Forms

  • To register for an upcoming Virtus Protecting God’s Children Workshop and complete the other requirements, including the permission to complete a Background Check, and a signed Acknowledgment Form, please click here.

Reporting Sexual Abuse

Anyone with reason to believe that a child has been abused or is being abused should report their suspicions to civil authorities. Contact: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services:

1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) or local police. The Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help victims/survivors of child sexual abuse by a cleric, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church. The Victim Assistance Coordinator will report to Bishop Conlon and coordinate efforts of pastoral support and outreach to assist in the healing process. The Victim Assistance Coordinator can also assist in making a report to civil authorities.  Contact the Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-815-263-6467.

For More Information

  • For more information on the Protecting God’s Children program in the Joliet Diocese, please click here.
  • To access the Adult Application Form, Minor Application Form or CANTS-22 Form, as well as other resources, please click here.
  • For practical advice as to how parents can prevent child sexual abuse, please click here.
  • To contact the St. James Safe Environment Coordinator, email: lisa@stjamesge.org.