Safe Environment/Protecting God's Children

Children Are Our Most Precious Gifts

Beginning July 1, 2021, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has implemented the VIRTUS Programs as its new comprehensive safe environment training platform for adults and children.  In summary, the Protecting God's Children Program will be the official training for employees and volunteers.

The corresponding VIRTUS Online database is an online portal that provides access to your safe environment account. All Archdiocesan users will have access to their previous training records within the database.  When it is time for you to complete a training document or to obtain recertification training, or conduct a background check, you will receive an automatic email notification from the VIRTUS website to access your account.  The system will refer all users to the background check portal as necessary.

All staff and volunteers must log-in to the new system to verify their information is correct and to review and acknowledge the updated policies for the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has implemented the VIRTUS® Programs as its new comprehensive safe environment training platform for adults and children. 

Please read the following instructions in completing the New Safe Environment requirements:


  1. Log-on to VIRTUS®

To access your VIRTUS® account, please go to https://www.virtus.org and log in as an existing user with the following format:

User ID: FirstnameLastname-nola

For example: JohnDoe-nola

If you do not remember your User ID or Password

you may click: Need login information?

  1. Update your address, phone number, and email as necessary in My Info *not “contacts” which lists your parish contacts.
  2. Acknowledge the (4) Policies in the box titled Required Documents


Individuals new to Safe Environment, please visit https://www.virtus.org and click on FIRST-TIME REGISTRANT:

It is up to each volunteer to register, fulfill training requirements, and order a background check as necessary.  

Ministry coordinators are responsible for ensuring that their volunteers have been approved to work with minors – please contact the rectory office to ensure your volunteers are in compliance prior to placing volunteers with children.  Volunteers may also contact the rectory office to confirm compliance, 504-737-4537 or lkapesis@arch-no.org.  We are here to help!

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.  Your service to this parish and our children is invaluable and greatly appreciated!

If you suspect abuse or neglect by clergy or an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, please contact the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, Joseph Pistorius.  Call 504-861-6253.  Your call will be returned within 24 hours if you leave a message.  You may also email VAC@archdiocese-no.org.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Safe Environment information can be found at: