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Protecting God's Children




Program Requirements

In order to ensure the safety of all young people, the Diocese of Joliet has adopted the Protecting God's Children program. Every diocesan, parish, school or religious education employee/volunteer who has contact with children is required to participate. The three hour session will empower adults and parents with new tools to help them protect children

St. Raphael
Every volunteer (over the age of 17) who works with children, in any capacity and for any length of time, must attend a session of Protecting God's Children and must complete a criminal background check. In addition, prior to registering for Youth Faith Formation, one parent from each family is required to attend a PGC session.  

Contact the parish office at (630) 355-4545 for any questions and information about Protecting God's Children. 



The following session(s) have been scheduled at St. Raphael for your convenience: 
  None scheduled at the present time - please see the diocesean website for local sessions.

All sessions are 2 1/2 hours.


To register for any of these sessions, please follow these instructions:
  • Go to Virtus Online .
  • Select "Begin the registration process."
  • When prompted to select your organization, select "Joliet, IL (Diocese)" from the drop-down list and click "Select".
  • The system will continue to prompt you for additional information.  You will then be shown the list of available sessions and be allowed to register for the session of your choice.
If you cannot attend one the sessions held at St. Raphael click here to find a day and time at another location within the Joliet Diocese.

Abuse Resources & Contact Numbers

Department of Children and Family Services:1-800-252-2873
Victims Assistance Minister:  815-263-6467