CMSM National Pre-Assembly 2023
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza | July 31, 2023

The sexual abuse of minors has garnered a strong response from religious communities over the past 20 years, culminating in a distinct safeguarding ministry, exemplified by adherence to the Praesidium Accreditation Standards and a commitment to creating and sustaining cultures of safety within our religious communities.

Today, however, safeguarding ministry is facing new challenges, spurred in part by recent lookback laws on sexual harassment of adults, social movements like “me too,” and an increasing awareness of the necessity of maintaining good boundaries. Join us for this day-long program examining the process and best practices for addressing adult misconduct in your community.

Registration Details

Registration for the Pre-Assembly closed on Friday, July 7.

  • Register here.
  • Standard pricing for the Pre-Assembly is $100.
  • Standard pricing is available through Friday, July 7, 2023.
  • Once you have registered for the Pre-Assembly, make sure to book your hotel room(s) at the InterContinental.
  • Pre-Assembly Registration closes on Friday, July 7, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET.


  • 9:00 am Introduction & Welcome
  • 9:20 am Ecclesial and Social Context of Adult Misconduct
  • 9:40 am Canonical Process
  • 10:00 am Adult Misconduct: Definition and Examples
  • 11:00 am Break
  • 11:15 am Procedures and Policies
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Guidelines for Difficult Conversations
  • 2:00 pm An Adult Misconduct Case Study
  • 2:15 pm Break
  • 2:30 pm Case Study Panel Discussion
  • 4:00 pm Conclude


Click on the names below to learn more about the speakers at the Pre-Assembly.

Deacon Steven DeMartino
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB
Auxiliary Bishop of Newark

Br. Stephen Olert, FSC
De La Salle Christian Brothers

Amy Jill Strickland, JCL



Lodging has been arranged at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Click here for the CMSM booking link.

  • Hotel check-in: 4:00 pm CT
  • Hotel check-out: 11:00 am CT


Rental Cars:

  • There are 11 companies onsite at the airport.
  • For more details, visit the airport website.

Shuttles, Vans, Taxis:

  • 1st Shuttle Service: 816-868-0202
  • 5 Guys Transportation: 816-891-9999
  • Abe’s Transportation: 816-349-5393
  • There are many more options here.

Ubers & Lyfts: Ubers and Lyfts are available, follow the signage at the airport.

Parking at the Hotel: At the InterContinental, self-parking is available for a daily rate of $20.

We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City, MO! If you have any logistical questions about the Assembly, please contact Greta David, Director of Communications, at or (240) 394-1851.


We are grateful to Praesidium for sponsoring the Pre-Assembly. Click on their logo to learn more about their work.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our 2023 Assembly, please reach out to Chris Pierno.