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

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 diocese.

Frequently asked questions regarding VIRTUS

Register online at the Diocese of New Ulm VIRTUS Direct Link. The pages will lead you through the registration process.

The individual will need to register as all necessary forms and requirements are completed or given out during the online registration process.

If an employee cannot meet the Day-One requirement of attending a VIRTUS session, the individual should see their supervisor and the local safe environment coordinator; however, the individual should still immediately register in the VIRTUS system. The "Instructor led training" session may be added to the existing account at a later time.

  • Background Check –The background check is run by a diocesan-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. The national check is run after the registrant links to the Integrated Screen Partners message at the end of the VIRTUS registration process.
  • Diocesan Policy and Code of Conduct – A person must acknowledge that he or she understands and agrees to the principles and standards outlined in the diocesan policy and code of conduct appropriate to his or her ministry. These are viewed and signed electronically as a part of the online registration process.

are assigned an online training every August after the initial Live training. The Diocese requests the volunteers to sign into their existing account using their existing user identification and password to complete the training within 30 days of the training being assigned.

Employees are assigned a quarterly online training and are expected to complete the online training within 30 days of the initial notice. Notices are typically sent at the end of the month in January, April, July, and October.

Volunteers and employees should notify the parish or Catholic school office if the email address used for the notices changes or if they desire their account to be inactivated.