Protecting God’s Children: VIRTUS Training


Per the Archdiocese of Boston, as part of serving in ANY ministry at St. Paul’s, or any parish in the Archdiocese, Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks are obtained for all volunteers who minister to or have the potential for unmonitored access to children, youth, elderly or the disabled.  CORI checks with a valid ID take place before you start practicing your ministry. We appreciate your help with this.  In January, we learned that all volunteers are also required to complete a VIRTUS, Protecting God’s Children, training class. In the process of obtaining more information on trainings, Covid-19 happened, and sessions had to be postponed.  On a temporary basis, training is available online.  VIRTUS, unlike the CORI form, only needs to be completed once and its validity spans across parishes.  The training should take two hours.

All employees and all volunteers who may have contact with children continue to be required to complete Protecting God’s Children training.  Due to our current inability to gather together for live trainings, volunteers can currently meet this requirement through participation in two online trainings: VIRTUS online PGC training and Massachusetts online Mandated Reporter training.

To complete the online PGC training, volunteers should go to

1.Click on “First time registrant

2.On the next page click on “Begin the registration process”

3.Select “Boston” from the drop down list of dioceses

4.Complete the registration process

Once registration is complete you will be directed to an online PGC training through VIRTUS.  Upon completion of that training, individuals will be directed to a link to an additional online training on mandated reporting in Massachusetts.  Both online trainings must be completed to be in compliance with child protection requirements.  

The mandated reporter training can be found at http://51a.middlesexcacorg/.  Copies of the mandated reported certificates should be sent to Michelle Gee at  It is not necessary to submit a copy of the PGC certificate.

Anyone with questions can contact Vivian Soper at or at (617) 746-5995.  While staff are working from home, e-mail and phone messages are checked at least hourly during normal work hours.

Thank you for your continued support on this important matter!