Safe Environment (VIRTUS)

All ministries in a parish, who wish to volunteer or participate, must be VIRTUS trained.

For more information, please visit the FW Diocese website for a list of classes.

If you need assistance signing up for a class, contact

Local Safe Environment Coordinator : Ana Mancilla, 940.273.1628

If you attend a session at another parish, please be sure to turn in your Ministry Volunteer Application, Code of Conduct and Authorization Form to your local parish SEC within 30 days.  You cannot begin volunteering until your background is complete.

Initial, Protecting God’s Children for Adults (PGC) [18+]

Protecting God’s Children for Adults (PGC) is the initial course that replaced the previous Keeping Children’s Safe program.  This session normally lasts around 3 hours and requires a Volunteer Application, which authorizes a background check and Code of Conduct Acknowledgement.  Certification expires after 2 years.


A renewal course that can be taken after you have successfully taken the Initial Protecting God’s Children for Adults (PGC).  These sessions normally last around 2 hours and requires a new Code of Conduct Acknowledgement to be signed.  As with PGC, this certification also expires every 2 years.  Background checks are taken every 5 years.

There are 3 different sessions:

  • Keeping the Promise Alive for Adults (KPA)
  • A Plan to Protect for Adults
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Vunerable Adult

Teen Leader Training [13-17 years]

This training is for any teen that would like to volunteer for any event or ministry in our parish.  The session usually lasts for 3 hours.  Parent signature required.  Certification expires after 3 years.

Empowering God's Children [PK/K-12th]

When you enroll your child(ren) for the current formation year, you will be informed of our program and asked whether or not you give your consent for your child(ren) to participate in this class.

The material in the program is founded on the principles of appropriate relationship boundaries in the broader context of Christian values and virtues, and each lesson is developmentally appropriate for the specific age group.  Each lesson includes content with simple and fun activities that reinforce the message.

Empowering God's Children (Gr K-5)

If you choose to opt-out, you will be given a form to sign.  For more information on the Empowering God’s Children® program, visit the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth website at  If you have  questions regarding the Children's program, please feel free to contact the Director of Religious Education or the Safe Environment Coordinator.