CMSM Safeguarding Workshop 2022 | Bethany Center in Lutz, FL
Workshop: October 24-26
Retreat: October 26-27

Recommitting, Reconnecting, Reflecting: Skills Building for Safeguarding Ministry

This year’s Safeguarding Workshop will focus on the themes of recommitting to the work of safeguarding, reconnecting with other safeguarding ministers, and reflecting both on new areas of concern and the self-care needed for safeguarding ministry.

After two years of a virtual workshop, CMSM is pleased to once again offer the annual Safeguarding Workshop in person. This year’s workshop will feature an array of experienced and knowledgeable speakers as we explore the psychological, canonical, and pastoral aspects of safeguarding through plenary talks, breakout sessions and role-play scenarios.

This year’s Workshop will also feature an optional retreat, designed to help those in safeguarding ministry reflect on this difficult ministry and recharge for the coming year.

Register for the workshop here

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.


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 30, 2022, 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 David Rohrer Budiash, Director of Programs, at or (240) 436-1311.


Speaker details are forthcoming.


Plenaries will start in the afternoon, allowing for travel in the morning, and will include updates to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Praesidium news, and the witness of a religious survivor of abuse – more details to come!

The second day of the Workshop will feature diverse skills-building breakout sessions, including on boundary violations, canonical processes and issues, mutual relations between major superiors and bishops, review boards, allegation notification and investigation, and others – more details to come!


The final day of the Workshop will focus on role plays to see – and enact – the skills necessary from the initial notification of a possible violation, through the meetings with the survivor, review board, and offender. The role plays will wrap up at lunch. More details to come!


The optional retreat will begin after lunch, offering time to reflect and pray about safeguarding ministry both alone and with others. The retreat will be led by Fr. Dan Dorsey, GHM.

The optional retreat continues, concluding at lunch. More details to come!


We welcome inquiries from organizations that offer services and programs that meet members’ needs. If you are interested, please send your information, including a link to your website and brief information about the services you provide, to Chris Pierno.