Safe Environment

Safety and Protection of Children Policy and Training

The word VIRTUS derives from Latin and means valor, moral strength, excellence, and worth. In ancient times, virtus denoted a way of life and manner of behavior that always aspired to the highest most positive attributes of human interaction.

With this in mind a program was introduced for adults to support the best manner of behavior for the Safety and Protection of Children by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s Office for the Protection of Children and Young People (OPCYP). The policies of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and we at Holy Trinity parish are committed to and have provided a Child and Safety and Protection program which include VIRTUS training and background authorization checks on all clergy, employees, and volunteers who have substantial contact with children in our parish.

We believe when you entrust Holy Trinity Catholic church with the well being of your children we strive to provide a caring, educating, and safe environment for those we are committed to serve and protect – our children.

Individuals who desire to volunteer with young people, and have not yet completed the background check and VIRTUS training process, are welcomed to request a complete background packet at the parish offices.

Visit VIRTUS Online for training session information and registration (see your Virtus background packet for instructions).

You can also find more information and resources at the diocesan site, here:

For more information on becoming OPCYP compliant for Holy Trinity – both background-checked and completing the VIRTUS course – please contact Annette by calling 703-753-6700, or by email here: