What are the Enhanced Essential 3?
As you may have seen in the news, our Archdiocese, led by Archbishop Hebda and Judge Tim O’Malley, has been implementing many new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults in our community.
All parish staff and clergy, as well as many, many volunteers, need to go through an education and credentialing process to help us better understand how we can actively protect our most vulnerable members. This process is know as the “Enhanced Essential 3.” No specific individuals are being targeted for this process; rather, the parish has been given extensive guidelines about which lay ministry volunteers need to participate. A letter from Archbishop Hebda explains this process.
As part of our committment to protecting the most precious among us, everyone who volunteers with children, the elderly or vulnerable adults is required to undergo free Safe Envrionment/VIRTUS training as part of the "Essential 3" preparation (VIRTUS, background check and Code of Conduct).
This training is held throughout the Metro area on a variety of dates and times throughout the year. Register online using this link. If you have questions, please contact Susie Osacho, Safe Environment Site Coordinator/ Director of Faith Formation, or Beth Gaetz, Administrative Assistant, in the parish office, 612-869-2426, ext 120.
All of our parish lay leadership, professional staff and volunter ministers sign a Code of Conduct each year, to ensure that we all understand and fully commit to our responsibilities for the safety and dignity of the fellow-parishioners that we serve, especially children and vulnerable adults.
Click here to access the online website that tracks this and other credentials for the Archdiocese. If you have been VIRTUS trained or background-checked in the past, you already have a User ID - contact the parish office if you do not know your password (creating a duplicate User ID disrupts the credentialing system).