Protecting Our Children & Vulnerable Adults

Here at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish we pledge to provide a safe environment for our children and all those who are vulnerable.

All priests, deacons, staff members and volunteers who work and volunteer at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish are required to be trained through the Virtus System to provide a safe environment. These same individuals receive background screenings in addition to education on how to make the safest environment possible.

Parents of our children are always welcome to ask questions and tour our facilities. Join in helping us end sexual abuse of children wherever it happens.

It is the policy of the Diocese of Charleston that all employees and volunteers complete Safe Environment requirements before beginning their positions:

  • The Employment Supervisor or Ministry Leader will forward the Full Name (as it appears on the license/passport, the email and title/volunteer group to the Safe Environment Coordinator at
  • The Safe Environment Coordinator will reach out via email with instructions on how to complete all of the requirements through the Virtus System.
  • Once approval is received, the employee or volunteer will be notified they are compliant and can begin their position.