New Director of Safeguarding Initiatives

Deacon Steven DeMartino is the new Director of Safeguarding Initiatives for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He will focus on promoting and sustaining a culture of safety with men’s religious institutes in the United States, and will build upon safeguarding efforts undertaken by CMSM since 2002.

Deacon DeMartino is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of New York. He has deep experience with priest wellness, and mental and behavioral health concerns.

He has been active in Chapter and Assembly facilitation for Religious institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life, served on several review boards for Religious, provided consultation to leadership teams of Religious Institutes, taught at the seminary level, and is engaged in parish ministry and retreat work.

Prior positions include coordinator of the vocations office for the Catholic Foreign Missionary Association, assistant vice-president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and leadership roles at several behavioral health care centers.

He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from SUNY Buffalo, and an MPA from CUNY Baruch College, and has several certifications in counseling. He has supported leadership teams and Religious in both planning and direct support on safeguarding.