Protecting God's Children/VIRTUS. All catechiss and olther volunteers working with children must complete a safe environment training program called "Protecting God's Children" (VIRTUS). The initial training is good for 5 years after which a revewal training must be taken. Click here to go to the VIRTUS website for initial training and 5-year renewals, to read recent articles or to update your account. Renewals must be assigned by the Diocese through the DRE. For instructions on how to register, click here.
Background Checks. All volunteers must complete a background check prior to the start of their service and renew it every 5 years. To download background check instructions and forms, click here.
The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Davenport has joined with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) to offer online certification courses to catechists and adults throughout the diocese.
VLCFF, based at the University of Dayton, is an Internet distance-learning initiative that supports catechetical formation of the Church. In collaboration with its partners throughout the country, VLCFF works to complement and support traditional diocesan efforts to enhance pastoral and educational services. The Church is creating a new space for ongoing formation based on the evolving lifestyles and ministry needs.
Over 60 online courses and seminars are available throughout a given year, including "Catholic Doctrine", "Sacraments", "Scripture", "Catechesis", "Social Justice", "Jesus", "Ecclesiology" , "Church History" and "Liturgy". The online courses typically run three to six weeks. Each is capped at 15 participants and is designed to be an experience within a small "virtual" community--not an independent study.