It is truly our calling as a Catholic community to provide a safe place free of any kind of abuse for all, especially our children and vulnerable adults. In an effort to achieve this, the Diocese of El Paso has established the Diocesan Safe Environment Program. The Program has implemented training, screening, background checks and other policies and procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. All Diocesan parishes, schools, agencies, and ministries fall under the scope of the program and each is responsible for its individual program implementation and continuation.
Virtus Training Program
The Virtus training program educates and enables organizations and individuals who work together to ensure optimal safe environments. The Virtus program is applied across the Diocese of El Paso for adult volunteers that serve in ministry and work directly with children. The Virtus program is parish and school based and therefore all volunteers are required to attend a session at the parish or school where they volunteer. It is the policy of the Diocese of El Paso to not accept attendees on a walk-in basis for the trainings. This policy applies to all who volunteer in ministry or volunteer in catholic schools.
The session schedule for all parish and school locations can be accessed at Virtus Online. To complete the required pre-registration for a session please go to Virtus Online at www.virtusonline.org.
Note: New volunteers will not be permitted to work with our children in any capacity until a session is attended and a background check and approval process is completed.
Important: Due to the content of the videos shown at the training session, children under the age of eighteen are not permitted to attend and childcare will not be provided. Please plan accordingly.
Everyone must complete a background check online through Fastrax at Selection.com. A criminal background check is processed to determine the status of the prospective volunteer. Examples of items that are checked include: DWI, DUI, Theft, Fraud, Embezzlement, and other criminal activity to include but not limited to abuse and violence.
The Safe Environment of the Diocese of El Paso is pleased to announce that for the 2015-2016 fiscal year over 10,000 volunteers/employees have completed the program and the required background check.
For more information please contact your Parish or School Safe Environment Coordinator or the Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator, Diana Bulko, MPS at (915)872-8427 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.