Safeguarding Education

CMSM is committed to supporting safeguarding through ongoing education for male religious institutes. Our primary programs:

Safeguarding Webinar Series

CMSM offers monthly webinar series each spring and fall for CMSM members and their safeguarding teams, featuring experts in the field of religious life and safeguarding. Topics vary, and have addressed communication, behavioral issues, safety plans, working with survivors, and more.

Visit CMSM’s event calendar for webinar dates and topics.

Annual Safeguarding Workshop

This 2-1/2 day workshop held in late October provides in-depth dialogue, practical content from experts engaged in safeguarding, and an opportunity to connect and network with others engaged in safeguarding for religious institutes. The workshop covers topics for:

  • Supervisors
  • Victim Assistance Coordinators
  • Review Board leaders, members, and administrators

Visit CMSM’s event calendar for upcoming workshop information.

Conversations that Matter

Each year, the Jesuit Conference produces a case study focusing on safeguarding/behavioral health issues, which is made available to male religious institutes through a partnership with CMSM. Each case study includes a facilitator’s guide, narrative/video (to download or watch online), discussion questions and other resources for three groups: men in formation, men in active apostolic ministry, and men in retirement.

Learn more and purchase materials for 2019 and 2020 ($75 includes all materials use by your institute). Starting in 2021, the Jesuit Conference is offering materials directly online at no cost for CMSM members. CMSM members can contact Fr. Paul Holland, SJ, at the Jesuit Conference, or Tom Southard at CMSM, for login details.

Our Commitment

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men is committed to prevention, accountability, healing, and reconciliation.

Religious communities and institutes for consecrated life, as with all Church organizations, must ensure that children and young people who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored by our communities do so in the safest and most secure setting possible and proactively ensure that those who have abused are prevented from causing further harm to others.

To support religious communities in fulfilling their responsibility to safety, CMSM has partnered with Praesidium to develop national standards, and provides ongoing education and leadership through our Director of Safeguarding Initiatives.