VIRTUS – Safe Environments Program

Safe Environment 

Safe Environment programs are well-established in all three Roman Catholic Dioceses in Connecticut. The Safe Environment program in the Diocese of Bridgeport has a full-time director, Ms. Erin Neil, L.C.S.W. Safe Environment programs oversee the implementation of Charter mandates including victim assistance, criminal background checks, written Codes of Conduct, and child sexual abuse awareness and preven-tion training for priests, deacons, lay employees, volunteers, children, and youth. 

Erin Neil L.C.S.W. 

Director of Safe Environment & Victim Assistance Coordinator Tel: (203) 416-1406 Tel: (203) 650-3265 Email: 

In compliance with the Diocese of Bridgeport and to ensure the safety of our children, all OLG clergy, employees, contractor, and volunteers age 18 and above are required to be VIRTUS trained by the Diocese. They are also required to go through a background check. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please call the parish office (203) 377 – 0928.

Virtus Recertification 

We are currently notifying parishioners for Recertification in our Diocesan Safe Environment Program.

Virtus Training

An online pre-registration is required prior to working or volunteering at Our Lady of Grace. Please go to to pre-register for a one-time live Virtus class. If you need to update your certification, please go to to to complete an online training session. An electronic acknowledgement of the Safe Environment Handbook is included in the new registration process.

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