Essential 3

Teacher with group of children at zooAdult Requirements

All clergy and parish, school and diocesan employees, as well as all volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors must complete the Essential 3 requirements:

  • Background Check –The background check is run by an archdiocese-approved agency and provides a criminal history. This is an important step to screen out individuals who might present a danger to children and youth.
    • Contact your parish or school for directions on completing the required background check forms.
  • VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Awareness Session Attendance – VIRTUS live training is a three hour awareness session which better equips adults to protect children and youth in the world around them. VIRTUS sessions are offered throughout year and at various locations across the archdiocese.
  • Code of Conduct – A person must acknowledge that he or she understands and agrees to the principles and standards outlined in the code of conduct appropriate to his or her ministry. Please contact the parish or school where you will be employed or volunteering to read, sign and receive training on the appropriate Code of Conduct for you. View a Code of Conduct training video by Tim O’Malley, Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, below.

For information regarding requirements for adults who volunteer with vulnerable adults, please see Protecting Vulnerable Adults.

For information regarding requirements for minor youth who volunteer with children, other youth or vulnerable adults, please see the Essential 3 Guidelines for Minor Youth.