Since the promulgation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms in 2002, and their revisions up to the present, the Catholic Church of the United States has taken enormous steps in preventing the abuse of minors, by carefully screening candidates, dealing promptly and responsibly to incidents and allegations of abuse, and the important ongoing education of our priests and religious.
It is our singular purpose to insure the safety of children and young people in any of our communities, the shrine, programs and ministry with any of our confreres, now and into the future. This is the essential rationale behind our desire to publicly demonstrate our Institute’s compliance to these important standards from the United States Catholic Bishops.
One of the ways we are accomplishing this is by providing specific policies and procedures. The Provincial Council thus presents a draft presentation of new guidelines in the Province entitled, “Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Young People.” They will provide guiding principles and measures for each of us, our communities and leadership in the Province, based in part on the work in the Province done till now on this subject, as well as concerns of the General Direction and the effort of other religious congregations in the United States. We will have an opportunity to further hone and own this text in a future Provincial gathering. In the meantime, the Council approved this text as a “provisional guideline” for the Province until a final text and further study can be done with all confreres.
Together with religious men’s congregations across the United States, we developed the Instruments of Hope and Healing, a comprehensive program providing standards for the protection of minors from sexual abuse, for comprehensive outreach to victims, for the development of independent lay review boards, and for supervision of members who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. The Instruments of Hope and Healing program has twice seen the revision of the Standards for Accreditation, most recently in 2012, to include evolving best practices for protection of minors as well as higher standards of transparency and accountability.
To insure compliance with the Instruments of Hope and Healing program, CMSM contracted with Praesidium Religious Services, a national leader in creating safe environments to protect minors from sexual abuse, to develop accreditation standards and an independent accreditation process for the distinctive way of life of vowed religious communities.
- The Instruments of Hope and Healing program and our work with Praesidium have led to documented improvements in our protection of and care for young people:
- Rigorous screening of candidates, including background checks and psychological evaluation;
- Clear and accountable guidelines regarding outreach to victims and compliance with civil and church law;
- Educational programs focusing on heightened awareness of child sexual abuse and a proactive environment of care for all to whom we minister.
Policy of the Xaverian Missionaries
Based on the Standards for Hope and Healing developed by religious men’s congregations across the country, we have our own unique policies and procedures for the prevention of abuse which we implement and update every three years. Please write the Provincial if you would like to have a copy.
Have a question or want to make a report?
If you have any questions or concerns about how we prevent abuse, or wish to make a report please contact:
Fr. Carl Chudy, SX – 101 Summer Street, Holliston, MA 01746 – firstname.lastname@example.org – Outreach Coordinator
Fr. Mark Marangone, SX – 12 Helene Court, Wayne, New Jersey 07470 – email@example.com – Provincial
For state by state directory of information and toll free numbers to report to civil authorities click here. Please also make a report to the civil authorities.
Praesidium Accreditation™ publicly demonstrates that the Xaverian Missionaries has achieved the highest industry standards in abuse prevention and response.