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The Diocese of Green Bay is committed to creating, providing and maintaining safe environments in all its parishes, schools, and other institutions so that all persons, especially children, youth and individuals at risk, will be protected as far as possible from all harm including physical and sexual abuse.

What is VIRTUS®?

VIRTUS® is the brand name that identifies best practices' programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The National Catholic Risk Retention Group Inc. created VIRTUS to empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church through a continuous process of training and information.


To register for a VIRTUS® session go to:

View and print all currently scheduled VIRTUS Workshop Dates


Who has to attend a VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness Session in the Diocese of Green Bay?

All priests, deacons, other ministers, and employees who may or may not have regular contact (defined below) with children, young people and individuals at risk) and volunteers who have regular contact with children, young people and individuals at risk are required to complete the VIRTUS Adult Awareness Training Session.


When and where are the VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness Sessions held in the diocese of Green Bay and how do I register?

Training sessions for Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness Sessions are offered throughout the year all around the Diocese of Green Bay.


How do I register to attend a VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness Session if I don't have internet access?

Please call the parish or school where you work or volunteer. You may also contact the diocesan Safe Environment Department at 920-272-8198 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8198, or by e-mail.


What determines "regular contact" with children?

Regular contact is defined as any employee or volunteer, age 18 and over, who has direct contact with children/youth/individuals at risk and
  • encounters said person(s) more than four (4) times in a program year and/or
  • acts as a chaperone on an overnight event and/or
  • is the adult driver in a vehicle transporting said persons and/or
  • spends an average of one (1) or more hour(s) a week in any given four (4) week period with said person(s) and/or
  • is not under the direct/immediate supervision of a parish, educational, or catechetical employee.
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The Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary! Full of grace, The Lord is with thee, Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen