Volunteer & Virtus

Safe Environment Requirements (E3)


All employees and volunteers must complete the Archdiocesan mandated Essential 3 (E3) credentials, including a back ground check, adhere to a Code of Conduct, and Virtus Safe Environment Training, with re-credentialing required after three years.

Further Explanation of the Essential 3 (E3) for new employees and volunteers:

  • Background Check – The background check is run by an archdiocese-approved agency and provides a criminal history.

  • 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 employment or ministry.

  • Safe Environment Training – (Effective July 1, 2020) VIRTUS Online Protecting God’s Children 3.0 and Saint Paul-Minneapolis Reporting Suspected Child Abuse is a an online awareness training that provides information on the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

VIRTUS Online Requirements

To ensure successful completion of the requirements, follow the information below before creating your VIRTUS account.  If you have an existing VIRTUS account, contact Kelly Buboltz (kbuboltz@holyspiritacademy.org), Safe Environment Coordinator at Holy Spirit Academy for assistance so your account can be updated prior to login.

Total Time Commitment: Approximately 95 minutes

  1. Set aside sufficient time to complete all items without logging out.  Incomplete accounts may result in lost data, requiring you to repeat your setup.

  2. Read and follow the directions on the website in the order presented.

    Skipping items, fast-forwarding or backing up may corrupt your account and require you to repeat your assignments.

    You will:

    • Complete each registration field as presented on the screen

    • Complete the Code of Conduct

    • Complete the Background Check application (SSN is required)

    • Complete Safe Environment Training (1 module, approximately 75 minutes)

VIRTUS website: www.virtusonline.org

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Organization: St. Paul & Minneapolis Archdiocese
Primary Location: Holy Spirit Academy

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis partners with Canvas Health, an independent and professional local care provider, to offer confidential, compassionate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (651)291-4497.

For more information, please visit the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Safe Environment webpage.

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