Important Message to All Volunteers

Jan 24, 2021 | Featured, Ministries

As you know, all volunteers at St. Francis and in our Diocese must complete three requirements to be in compliance with child safety regulations: attend a VIRTUS session, complete Codes of Conduct, and submit a background screening form.

The Office of the Protection of Children and Young People (OFPCYP) of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has issued a Background Screening Update: all volunteers must be rescreened at five (5) year intervals.

You may be at – or beyond – the five-year requirement. If this is the case, you will be receiving an email from Sterling Volunteers asking you to complete the application for re-screening online. Please note – the email is not generated by St. Francis parish. We want you to be aware that this is not junk email or spam.

Please read the following flyer from OFPCYP. It gives you more detailed information on the re-screening process and also has instructions for updating your VIRTUS account (new email, new address, etc.).

I have been working with OFPCYP in updating our volunteer database on a parish level. If you need to be re-screened, you will receive an email in the coming weeks from Sterling Volunteers. Please contact me if you have any questions about the process.

Thank you for being a part of our parish ministries. God bless you and be well!

Anita Modelewski
Safe Environment Coordinator
631-754-6436 (Rel Ed Office)
Email: anitamstfran@aol.com

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Background Screening Update
The Office for the Protection of Children and Young People:

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (The Charter) promulgated by the Bishops of the United States in 2002 outlines specific practices and guidelines providing standards of safety in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. As directed in The Charter, the Diocese of Rockville Centre requires all employees, clergy, and volunteers to complete three requirements within thirty days of employment or volunteering: 

  1. Attend Protecting God’s Children Program (Virtus)
  2. Sign the Codes of Conduct;
  3. Complete a background screen application. The Diocese requires all those who remain in active ministry be rescreened at 5 yr. intervals. volunteers/employees.

A Word on Background Screening of Volunteers:

The Office for the Protection of Children and Young People (OFPCYP) has streamlined the volunteer application process enabling volunteers to complete the three safe environment requirements in one step. Individuals wishing to volunteer in a parish or school:

  1. Register to attend a Protecting God’s Children class and create a Virtus account on the Virtus website: www.Virtus.org
  2. Electronically acknowledge the Diocesan Code of Conduct- provided during the Virtus registration process.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the Sterling Volunteers background screening application background offered during the Virtus registration process.

Active Volunteers:

If you are active in a parish ministry, have already attended Virtus and have been background screened you may be at – or beyond- the 5yr. rescreening requirement. If this is the case, you will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers asking you to complete the background screening application on-line. You may access the background screening application by following the prompt in the email or logging into your Virtus account. Please be aware-this is not a scam nor has your e-mail been hacked. The OFPCYP has been working with your parish to update the Safe Environment records and noted it is time for you to be rescreened. You may also be prompted to electronically resign the Code of Conduct when you log into your Virtus account. 

Edit Your Virtus Account:

To access your Virtus account: www.Virtus.org You will need your Username and Password. If you need assistance, please contact Virtus: 1-888-847-8870 or helpdesk@virtus.org. Once in your account, review your account information-particularly your e-mail address. If your account requires updating, please hit the TOOLBOX tab at the top of the screen. On the left side of your screen in the green column click “Update My Account” You will be able to make the necessary changes-please remember to hit the SAVE button at the bottom of the screen.

Questions or concerns: mmcmahon@drvc.org; amendoza-cantos@drvc.org; jwinter@drvc.org; pditomasso@drvc.org 

Thank you to all who continue to serve in a ministry during these extremely challenging days.

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