Virtus - St. Michael Catholic Church


VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “rightdoing” within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. Protecting God’s Children® is the prevention program that addresses preventing child sexual abuse.

All parents, coaches, volunteers, etc. who will be working with or around children – whether through the school or church – must take the Protecting God’s Children®Prevention Class. 



Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The VIRTUS® programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general. We seek to achieve this lofty goal through our child sexual abuse prevention program: Protecting God’s Children®. 


Abuse Hotline: 1.877.237.0004


Catholic Diocese Human Resources: 901.373.1257


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