CMSM Safeguarding Workshop 2023| Bethany Center in Lutz, FL
Workshop: October 23-26
Retreat: October 26-27

The Evolution of Safeguarding Ministry

Join us for the 19th annual Safeguarding Workshop as we continue to understand the evolution of safeguarding ministry and how it impacts our religious communities.

This year we will continue to address the core competencies in caring for young and vulnerable persons but will also carry forward the conversation started at CMSM’s Pre-Assembly on adult misconduct. The Workshop will feature plenaries, breakouts, panels, and the opportunity to network and discuss with other leaders of religious communities and safeguarding personnel.

Join us to pray, learn, build new skills, and support each other in this ministry that continues to be challenging. We look forward to welcoming you and learning from your experience in safeguarding ministry!

Lodging & Travel


  • The Bethany Center in Lutz, FL, has limited lodging. All rooms are single occupancy, with a queen bed, linens, and private bath. If you are interested in staying at the retreat center, register early to ensure you get a room.
  • There also are several nearby hotels once the Center is full. If you are not staying at Bethany Center, choose “Commuter” when registering.
  • There is no lodging available at the Bethany Center on Sunday, October 22. If you are arriving early, you will need to make alternate plans.


Online Workshop

For those who cannot travel to Lutz, we are offering a limited virtual workshop:

  • The same plenary sessions as the in-person workshop
  • A reduced number of breakout sessions
  • No role-playing scenarios or retreat

Cancellation policy

Refunds will be given for cancellations made by September 29, 2023, less a $100 non-refundable cancellation fee. No refunds will be available after that time.

We look forward to seeing you. If you have questions, please contact Greta David, Director of Communications, at or (240) 394-1851.


12pm-5pm – Arrival at the Bethany Center

5:00 pm: Introduction & announcements

5:15 pm: Evening Prayer

5:30 pm: Welcome

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Reception

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Morning Prayer

9:15 am: Welcome & Announcements

9:30 am: CMSM Introduction

10:00 am: Praesidium I – Accreditation and Reaccreditation – Aaron Lundberg

10:45 am: Break

11:15 am: Mass

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Praesidium II – Standards Review

1:30 pm: Toward a New Safeguarding Understanding – Nikki Hittle

2:30 pm: Break

3:00 pm: Survivor Witness

3:45 pm: Small Group Discussion

4:30 pm: Wrap-up

4:45 pm: Evening Prayer

5:00 pm: Break

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Reception

7:00 pm: Major Superior Discussion

The second day of the Workshop will feature diverse skills-building breakout sessions. Topics include:

  • Victim/Survivor Assistance Coordinators – Kristin Austin
  • Allegation Notification and Investigation (Minor and Adult) – Mike Riley
  • Canonical Process – Susan Mulheron
  • Safeguarding Prevention – Nikki Hittle
  • New Frontiers in Review Boards – Tom Artz
  • Monitoring and Supervision Across the Safeguarding Spectrum – David Shellenberger
  • New Frontiers in Safeguarding Policy and Procedure – Teresa Pitt Green
  • Adult Boundaries – Paul Ashton


8:00 am – Breakfast
8:45 am: Morning Prayer
9:00 am – Announcements/Schedule Review
9:15 am – Breakout Session 1

  • Survivor Assistance Coordinator
  • Canonical Process
  • Review Boards
  • Policy and Procedure

10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Breakout Session 2

  • Survivor Assistance Coordinator (New Frontiers)
  • Canonical Process
  • Monitoring and Supervision
  • Allegation Notification and Investigation

12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Breakout Session 3

  • Allegation Notification and Investigation
  • Adult Boundaries
  • Safeguarding Prevention
  • Monitoring and Supervision (Hybrid)

2:15 pm – Break
2:30 pm – Breakout Session 4

  • Review Boards
  • Policy and Procedure
  • Safeguarding Prevention
  • Adult Boundaries (Hybrid)

3:45 pm – Wrap-up
4:15 pm – Break
4:45 pm – Evening Prayer & Mass

The options for each breakout session will be announced soon. 

7:00 am – Mass
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Morning Prayer & Announcements
9:15 am – Charter Updates – Dcn. Bernie Nojadera
9:30 am – Adult Misconduct Panel – Fr. Tom Hoar, SSE, David Shellenberger, Jeff Henrich, Paul Ashton
    9:30 am – Introduction of case
    9:45 am – Small group discussions
10:15 am – Break
10:30 am – Large group discussion
11:45 am – Evaluation and wrap-up
12:00pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Retreat begins – Led by Fr. John Zagarella, O. Praem. 
    More details on the Retreat are coming soon!
7:00 am – Mass
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Morning Prayer & Announcements
9:15 am  – Retreat continues
12 pm – Retreat concludes
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Departure


Tom Artz, PhD
Society of the Divine Word

Paul Ashton, PsyD, DMin

Kristin Austin, LCSW-C, CCTP
Society of Jesus

Deacon Steven DeMartino
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Fr. Frank Donio, SAC, DMin
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Teresa Pitt Green
St. Edmund’s Retreat

Jeff Henrich
Guest House

Nikki Hittle, MSW
Legionaries of Christ

Fr. Thomas Hoar, SSE
St. Edmund’s Retreat

Aaron Lundberg, MSW

Susan Mulheron, JCD
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Deacon Bernie Nojadera, LCSW
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Michael Riley, MSW, MBA, LPC
MHR Advising

David Shellenberger, RN, BSN
Saint John Vianney Center

Fr. John Zagarella, O. Praem.
Daylesford Abbey


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