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VIRTUS - Protecting God's Children

The Arlington Diocese Office of Child Protection and Safety requires that all volunteers 18 years of age or over who volunteer in activities with children under the age of 18 must complete the requirements of the Protecting God’s Children (PGC) Program.

If you plan to volunteer at the school or church in any capacity that involves direct contact with the children, you must complete the requirements of the PGC Program that include attending a 4-hour Virtus training session AND submitting the required forms for background checks. The Diocese requires that all background checks, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months to conduct, must be cleared before one may volunteer with children.

Please plan ahead as you will not be permitted to volunteer if your materials have not been submitted and your background checks have not cleared.

Paper copies of the forms are available at the school or rectory offices, or the Parish-School Liaison may send them to you electronically.

When the background checks are cleared and Virtus training completed, volunteers will receive a letter from the principal indicating that they are in full compliance with the Diocesan program requirements.


For questions about Protecting God's Children Program, please contact Carmen Federle at 703-836-4100, or by email at cfederle@stmaryoldtown.org.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."(Psalm 127:3)