Virtus Training & More


The Archdiocese of Chicago and St. Richard School are dedicated to protecting the children in our School and Parish.


The Archdiocese of Chicago mandates that all clergy, employees, and volunteers in the school, parish, or athletic programs, who work with children, must complete the following:

  • Attend VIRTUS / Protecting God's Children Training for Adults.

  • Criminal Background Check.

  • Read the Code of Conduct and sign the Personnel Acknowledgement Form.

  • Complete the Child Abuse Neglect Tracking System for (CANTS) and submit it to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


VIRTUS - Protecting God’s Children Training for Adults


VIRTUS (Latin for virtue) is a mandated program (three to four hours of instruction) regarding child sexual abuse that, per Diocesan policy, all parish, school and diocesan personnel and volunteers, who have regular contact with minors, are to attend. The Archdiocese mandates that all volunteers, field trip chaperones, coaches, scout leaders, and anyone else who works with children must attend a VIRTUS training session.


The program is an introduction to child sexual abuse and child sexual abusers. It provides information that may help you protect your child and will help you to be a better volunteer and work with other children in a safe, positive atmosphere.


In order to attend a session, you must register by visiting the VIRTUS website at


Background Check


To apply for a background check, you will need to logon to the Archdiocese website at You will need to first register, and then continue with the application. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the School or Parish Office.


Code of Conduct and CANTs Forms


Click here for copies of the Code of Conduct and CANTs forms which can also be found on the Archdiocese website. Completed forms can be dropped off at the School or Parish Office. St. Richard will mail for you.


Code of Conduct and sign the Personnel Acknowledgement Form:


CANTs form: