Volunteer Safety Requirements

Any new volunteer who works with children, teens, or vulnerable adults needs to have the Archdiocese-required "Essential Three" on file before volunteering: 1) a criminal background check (cost covered by the parish), 2) a signed code of conduct, and 3) a three-hour, in-person VIRTUS training session (anywhere in the archdiocese; we host VIRTUS training a few times a year). Instructions for new volunteers to complete the Essential Three are below.

Past volunteers who have already completed the "Essential Three" are now required to renew these three items every three years. VIRTUS re-certification involves watching an online video (20-30 minutes) and taking a simple quiz. It does not require retaking the three-hour, in-person course. 

  • Go to www.virtusonline.org and log in with your original User ID and password. If you do not remember your User ID or cannot retrieve your password, contact Greg Gacioch at the St. Albert Parish Office at greggstalbert@gmail.com.  He can help you retrieve or reset your account information... or call the number on the right to reset your information over the phone!
  • Once you are logged in, click the Toolbox tab.
  • You should see three links highlighted in yellow: Background Check, Code of Conduct, and Keeping the Promise Alive (the VIRTUS re-certification video). Click each link and complete each item.
  • You should also take this opportunity to update your account information. If you completed your VIRTUS training as a volunteer for another parish, please change your Primary Location to St. Michael (St. Michael) or St. Albert.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering -- it is in serving others that we can best lead them to Jesus Christ.

New Volunteer Instructions

To complete your background check paperwork, sign your code of conduct, and sign up for an upcoming VIRTUS training session:

  1. Go to virtusonline.org and click "Registration," then click "Begin registration process." 

  2. Select "St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN (Archdiocese)" from the dropdown menu and click "select."

  3. Create a User ID and Password.

  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the background check paperwork and Code of Conduct. Be sure to select "St. Michael (St. Michael)" or St. Albert as your Primary Location. If you volunteer at the parish school or another Catholic organization, feel free to add them as additional locations.

  5. Once these items are completed, you should be able to sign up for a VIRTUS class in the area.


Technical questions? Can't log-in? Call the Virtus customer service line toll-free  1-888-847-8870

Click here for a printable, PDF guide for renewing your safety requirements!  This guide has visual, step-by-step instructions to update your credentials!