Keeping the Promise Alive refresher training

VIRTUS Keeping the Promise Alive (KPA) 1st Refresher Program

Keeping the Promise Alive is the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston 1st mandatory refresher course that began in August 2011. The material covered in KPA is designed to identify and reinforce the lessons of the original "Protecting God's Children" program by clarifying some of the more challenging aspects of the sessions and strengthening the participants' ability to recognize risky behavior by adults in their environments and take action to intervene in potentially threatening situations. Part of the re-certification process will include a criminal background check on both employees and volunteers.

As a condition of employment and ongoing employment, all employees over the age of 18 within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are required to attend a KPA workshop. Once their PGC 5-year anniversary date has been met, the employee will have 3 months to complete their KPA training.  

In order to continue volunteer service, all volunteers who work in any capacity with or around children, the elderly, and adults with special needs must attend a KPA workshop. Once their PGC 5-year anniversary date has been met, the volunteer will have 12 months from that date to attend a KPA workshop.

Registration and an updated calendar of classes are located on the VIRTUS Online website.

To pre-register for an upcoming “Keeping the Promise Alive” workshop, the individual must log into their active VIRTUS account.  If your VIRTUS account is inactive you will not be allowed to attend or pre-register for a KPA workshop. If your VIRTUS account is inactive, please contact regarding your volunteer status.

If you do not remember your user ID and password, please contact your Parish or School Safe Environment Coordinator. If you do not know who your Safe Environment Coordinator is, please contact us at 713-652-4443.


Important Workshop Notes

  • Allow ample travel time to arrive before the session is scheduled to begin - late arrivals are not allowed entrance to workshops that have started. 
  • Due to the nature of of the topic, do not bring minor children to workshops. Childcare is not provided at workshops unless noted.
  • Attendance of the entire workshop is mandatory and you must successfully clear a background check in order to receive credit.