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​​​​​​For all clergy who minister in the archdiocese for more than 15 days and have a safe environment training session available during their stay, they must complete the VIRTUS® training program or present certification of a satisfactory completion of another approved safe environment program within 15 days of their arrival in the archdiocese. See Faculties for Visiting Elsewhere and for Clergy and Externs Ministering in the Archdiocese​. The Office of the Vicar for Clergy will review any alternative safe environment programs, including those offered through the Praesidium Inc. process, and approve those that meet the archdiocesan content and training protocols. ​​

These training requirements affect the archbishop, bishops, and all priests (whether archdiocesan priests or members of a religious institute/order) with faculties in the archdiocese, as well as all deacons, all deacons in formation, all seminarians, and any clergy who wish to have short-term faculties (i.e., faculties for 15 days to ​2 months) ​or long-term faculties (i.e., faculties for more than 2 months) in the archdiocese.

Clergy certificates of completion for all safe environment training programs, both initial training and recertification training, are to be provided by the individual clergy member to the Office of the Vicar for Clergy to be included in his archdiocesan personnel file and records.


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