Clergy Child Protection Retraining

Cardinal Sean requires that all clergy receive specific training in child protection at least every 5 years.  In 2019 and early 2020, most priests received retraining.  We are now retraining all deacons and those priests who did not participate in the retraining process either in 2019/2020 or in targeted trainings that were run in 2021.  

All clergy who were originally trained in 2017 or earlier and have not already completed the retraining must complete it now.  This includes all priests and deacons who are incardinated in the Archdiocese of Boston and/or who have faculties here.  Religious Order priests who are living in Boston but not assigned through the Office of Clergy Personnel can substitute their annual Praesidium training, but we will need documentation.  

All retired priests who are living in a rectory or saying Masses in a parish must complete the retraining.  Retired deacons who are still serving in a parish or other ministry must complete the retraining.  Retired priests and deacons who are not in ministry may be qualified for a waiver through the Office of Clergy Personnel.  

The following retraining sessions have been scheduled for the month of May.  Sessions must be attended in person and last for approximately 3 hours.  

Saturday, May 7 -      9:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Pastoral Center - Braintree
Tuesday, May 10 -     1:00 PM - 4:00 PM           St. Edward - Medfield
Thursday, May 12 -   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM        Pastoral Center - Braintree
Saturday, May 14 -    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM        St. Theresa - North Reading
Monday, May 16 -     1:00 PM - 4:00 PM          Our Lady of Hope - Ipswich
Wednesday, May 18 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM        St. Mary - Cambridge
Tuesday, May 24  -    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM           St. Joseph - Kingston
Wednesday, May 25 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM        St. Ann - Littleton

You can sign up for one of these trainings in one of 3 ways: 

  1. Log into your VIRTUS account and register for one of the above trainings.  www.VIRTUSonline.org   This option is only available if you know your login or remember the email address you used when registering in VIRTUS.
  2. Send an email to [email protected][email protected], or [email protected]
  3. Call Deacon Franklin Mejia at 617-746-5981 or Deacon Stephen May at 617-746-5994.  Please leave a message with which training you plan to attend and a phone number where we can call you back.  

Thank you all for your attention to this important matter.  Please know that all required retraining needs to be completed now.   

Thank you for all your ongoing efforts and all that you do to keep kids safe. 

Vivian Soper, LICSW
Director of Pastoral Support and Child Protection
Archdiocese of Boston
617-746-5995 - desk
617-746-5985 - main number
[email protected]