Educational/Awareness Training


Safe and Sacred
Safe and Sacred is the new child safety training program for adults in the Diocese of Burlington, replacing VIRTUS and Shield the Vulnerable. As a completely online program, Safe and Sacred is designed to make training accessible and convenient for both the program user and the administrators. The training program is available for use now for parishes, schools, and other Catholic organizations.


Educational Programs for Children


Circle of Grace
Circle of Grace is a safe environment program that teaches children and youth about the importance and value of positive relationships with God and others and helps students identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual boundaries.   Through the Circle of Grace program, adults assist children and youth to recognize that each of us lives within a ‘Circle of Grace’ that holds our very essence in body, mind, heart, soul, and sexuality.  Rooted in the Catholic tradition and clinically sound, this program originated in the Archdiocese of Omaha and is licensed for use in the Diocese of Burlington’s Catholic schools and parish religious education programs.


To read Bishop Christopher J. Coyne’s Letter of Promulgation on the use of these programs within the Diocese of Burlington, please click here.