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What is the GHACCYO?

The GHACCYO is the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Catholic Committee for Youth Organizations. This committee facilitates the NFCYM awards for youth in our archdiocese.

Mission Statement

We are committed to fostering the Catholic spiritual development of members of Youth Organizations as designated by the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese authorized administrators.

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  • 13 Jan 2019 9:41 PM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    Effective January 1, 2019, the VIRTUS training program was replaced with a new online training program called CMGConnect. Below is the information received from the Diocese. There will no longer be in classroom instruction; all training will be online (First, Refresher and all future trainings). The link to connect to the site is  

    The CMG Safe Haven online training is replacing the VIRTUS training. The training consists of 3 vignette style training videos that is approximately 60 minutes and will include a criminal background check that must be completed.

    These trainings are available in English and Spanish. We will no longer offer live trainings, all Safe Environment trainings will only be available online.

    • All new employees and volunteers will complete the Safe Haven online training program instead of VIRTUS PGC training. The turnaround time for approval may be approximately two weeks or less.
    • All individuals must complete the training and complete a background check prior to the start of employment and/or volunteer service.
    • The 5-year anniversary date is still in place, individuals who recently attended VIRTUS will not be due to complete refresher trainings until they have met their 5-year anniversary date.
    • As the 5-year anniversary date is met, individuals will need to log into CMGConnect with their previous personal VIRTUS user id and 1234 as the password. Once the individual logs into their CMGConnect account, they will be able to change their password. If they do not remember the user id, they may contact the following:
    • Daphne Woods at 800.228.6108 ext. 2375 or 
    • CMG at
  • 1 Jan 2019 9:36 PM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    In order to be consistent with the application forms in the NFCYM award books, the term "Moderator" has been replaced with "Adult Advisor" for the GHACCYO.

  • 20 Aug 2018 8:56 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    The 2018-19 GHACCYO award ceremony has been set for Saturday, April 27th. We are still looking for a church to host. If you would like the ceremony at your home parish, please contact us.

  • 1 Aug 2018 8:51 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    In our ongoing attempt to simplify the process, we have made some major changes to the registration process.

    • Moderators must register themselves as adults.
    • Youth are registered BY THEIR MODERATOR.
    • Parents are no longer involved in the registration process.

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