The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative must adhere to the following requirements concerning both volunteers and staff. These safeguards have been set up by civil and Archdiocese of Boston authorities to protect our children and youth, as well as the elderly and disabled.
We are grateful to every volunteer who gives of their precious time to help us to do God’s work in and beyond our Collaborative. We thank you for your generous service to our Collaborative community, and for taking the time to complete these requirements so that we can work together for the safety of our most vulnerable parishioners.
CORI Form (Annually)
It is mandated by Massachusetts state law that all Collaborative staff and volunteers submit a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check each year to ensure the safety of children, youth, elderly, and the disabled. Since it is necessary for you to show a photo identification (license), CORI forms have to be completed in person at the Parish Office or with a member of the Collaborative staff.
A completed CORI is required for all new volunteers before beginning service, and CORI checks are repeated annually for all volunteers, usually in the spring.
To complete the form, your government-issued ID must be checked by a Collaborative employee. The staff person who coordinates your volunteer service may arrange a time for this, or you can come in to the parish office during regular business hours. Alternatively, you may bring your ID and the form to a Notary Public who will verify your identification and sign and seal the form, after which it can be returned to the parish office.
The Archdiocese of Boston issues a new CORI form each year. The form for the current year can be accessed via this link: CORI Form FY2024
VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children (Once)
All volunteers and staff in the Archdiocese of Boston, including those who do not work directly with children’s programs, are required to complete the VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children training. New volunteers must take this training as soon as possible so that they are in full compliance with the requirements of the Archdiocese of Boston and our Collaborative.
In-person sessions are offered periodically at our Collaborative as well as at locations throughout the Archdiocese.
To see the list of upcoming sessions and to register for a VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children training go to www.virtusonline.org.
- Click on “First time registrant”
- On the next page click on “Begin the registration process”
- Select “Boston” from the drop down list of dioceses
- Select the session you would like to attend and complete the registration process
If You Attend a VIRTUS Session at Another Location:
After completing your Virtus training at another location or online, please email Angela DeProspo at email@example.com so she can make sure it is recorded correctly with the Archdiocese and document it in our records.
If You Completed VIRTUS Training in the Past:
If you completed VIRTUS training at another Archdiocese of Boston parish or school in the past you do not have to take it again. The Archdiocese of Boston will have a record of your completing the training. Please email Angela DeProspo at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information so she can locate the record and document it in our records.
Code of Conduct for Volunteers of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (Once)
Please download and read the Archdiocese of Boston Code of Conduct for Volunteers. It is required that all volunteers read the Code carefully and understand what is expected of them in their respective roles with the Archdiocese of Boston.
Thank you for your cooperation with this important process of protecting the vulnerable members of our communities.