NEW FOR 2019
From the Office of Child and Youth Protection:
After reviewing the evaluation and in an ongoing effort to better meet the needs of parishes, the Presbyteral Council recommended that we move forward with a new on-line training program called The CMG Connect Safe Environment Program. This program provides informed quality training and content, current best practices, advanced compliance technology, and is user friendly. Beginning January 1, 2019, The CMG Connect Safe Environment program will be used by all clergy, religious, deacons, employees, volunteers, and groups in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
The Archdiocese of Galveston Houston has replaced VIRTUS with The CMG Safe Haven online training program. This training consists of 3 vignette style training videos that is approximately 90 minutes and will include a criminal background check that must be completed. These trainings are available in English and Spanish. The Diocese will no longer offer live trainings, all Safe Environment trainings will only be available online.
WHO SHOULD BE TRAINED?
If you are over 18 and volunteer in a ministry that interacts with minors, vulnerable adults, or adults “in a vulnerable position” you should take the online course.
St. Anthony of Padua requires all adults involved with our parish youth, vulnerable adults, or adults “in a vulnerable position” to be in compliance with the Safe Environment qualifications. The following list of ministries MUST be in compliance:
- Altar Servers
- Life Teen
- Am. Heritage Girls
- Cub Scouts
- Music Ministry (Choir Leads)
- Boy Scouts
- Eucharistic Visitation Ministry
- Quinceanos Coordinators
- Catholic Daughters of the Americas/JCDA
- Girl Scouts
- St. Anne’s Society
- Children’s Faith Formation
- Instituted Acolytes
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word
- Knights of Columbus/Squires
- All Healing Ministries/Retreats/Activities
- All Prayer Teams (that pray with other individuals no matter the age)