Protecting God's Children for Catechists

Protecting God's Children Workshop& Follow-Up Readings 

Parish and Catholic school employees and volunteers, over the age of eighteen, who work with children and young people in the Diocese of Buffalo, are required to attend a sexual abuse awareness session (3-1/2 hours in length).

 The workshops are held at various locations throughout the diocese every month. Please enroll online in one of these workshops--see the attached list of scheduled workshops.

 To enroll online:

  • Go to
  • Look at the list on the left side of the page, and click on Protecting God's Children.
  • Look at the list of options, and click on Protecting God's Children Workshop.
  • You will now be on the VIRTUS Online registration page.
  • Scroll through the pages to find the workshop that fits your schedule, and then return to the top of the page and click on Start Registration to self-enroll in the workshop you've selected.

Once you've completed the workshop, you will receive monthly emails containing a short reading on a topic addressing child sexual abuse awareness, followed by one or two questions. When you submit your answers, your progress in the VIRTUS program is recorded.

Please keep up-to-date with these readings (they only take about 5 minutes!), because we are audited every year and must show the diocese that all our volunteers are compliant with the program.

Please clink in the following links and complete the forms titled:
Uniform Volunteer Questionnaire and  Code of Conduct.