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 people and aspects of human interaction.

St. Patrick Church takes seriously this ‘VIRTUS’ pursuit of excellence in our community. With the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, we are committed to making every environment – a safe environment. All employees and volunteers are required to complete VIRTUS Training. Participants of this training complete short video modules to learn how to best protect the vulnerable in our community. These short sessions empower participants to accurately identify and correctly report all instances of suspected child abuse.

We thank all of the employees and volunteers for their continued support in making the environment at St. Patrick Church safe for all.


Ready to begin? Use the button below to begin VIRTUS Training.

Please contact Sandy Mick with questions regarding the completion of Virtus at the parish office at 304.269.3048 or

The Diocese encourages reporting to civil authorities first and foremost if a crime has been committed. To reporting to civil authorities first and foremost if a crime has been committed. To report an incidence of suspected child sexual abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency, or you may confidentially contact WV Child Protective Services at 800.352.6513. In addition to civil authorities, you may also report suspected cases of sexual abuse by personnel or volunteers of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to the Diocese, by contacting one of the Bishop’s designees at 888.434.6237 or 304.233.0880: Mr. Bryan Minor, ext. 263; Mr. Tim Bishop , ext. 353; Fr. Dennis Schuelkens, ext 270 or call the Office of Safe Environment at 304.230.1504. You may also visit, under “Accountability” for additional reporting mechanisms.