Safe Environment

The Enhanced Essential 3 Requirements for Volunteers

A key to our commitment to promoting a safe environment in our parishand community is for all persons in positions of trust in regard to minors and vulnerable adults to fufill the Enhanced Essential 3 requirements (EE3) as set forth by the Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis. The EE3 relates to 1) the Code of Conduct, 2) safe environment training (VIRTUS) and 3) background checks, with re-credentialing required every three years. 

All adult volunteers in this Archdiocese who have ongoing contact with minors and/or vulnerable adults are required by the Archdiocese to:

  1. Complete the online background check
  2. Attend a VIRTUS: Protecting God's Children for Adults session - this will be done thru online video/question sessions.
  3. Complete Code of Conduct training and Mandatory Reporting training online. Read and sign the online Code of Conduct for adult volunteers.

Adult Volunteers can complete a background check, register for a VIRTUS session, as well as read and sign a Code of Conduct online at the VIRTUS Website.

Youth Volunteers (under the age of 18) who wish to volunteer in these ministries should meet with supervising staff member, sign the youth Code of Conduct and provide two non-family references.

Mary, Mother of the Church Safe Environment Coordinator: Amy Schroeder - aschroeder@mmotc.org or 952-890-0045 ext 231

These are mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for volunteers and staff alike to help protect children and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care. Some examples of volunteers who need to attend a VIRTUS session are:

  • Catechists
  • Elementary Program Volunteers
  • Youth Ministry Volunteers
  • Pastoral Care Volunteers
  • Liturgy of the Word Volunteers
  • *any who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Safe Environment Information/Policy 


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