Virtus Training

The Diocese of Green Bay is committed to creating and providing safe and sacred places in our parishes, schools, and other institutions so that children, young people and vulnerable adults will be protected from any harm, including physical and sexual abuse. This is in agreement with the U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II, Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela and theEssential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons.

The Diocese of Green Bay will not tolerate the sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a minor/vulnerable adult by a priest, deacon, other minister, employee or volunteer who is in the service of the Diocese.

Diocesan representatives will take very seriously every allegation of sexual misconduct. Any person bringing such a complaint will be treated with compassion and understanding. This manual provides a description of those procedures that will ensure the proper handling of such claims.

The Diocese has instituted a mandatory continuing education program (Virtus Training) concerning the sexual abuse of minors. This program was implemented to help raise awareness and understanding among parents, priests, deacons, school personnel, catechists, youth ministers, staff members, and volunteers who have substantial contact with minors.

The Diocese shall also provide information to our parishes and schools to help educate children and young people on how to be safe and to stay safe. This is intended to enhance the ability of our young people to protect themselves and to communicate more easily when they sense any potential danger.

How to Report Sexual Abuse

 If you or someone you know would like to recieve this training, please contact the parish office and we will be happy to assist you with this.