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Mission Statement and Purpose

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men, founded September 27, 1956, is the canonically recognized pontifical conference organized to promote the welfare of all religious priests, brothers, and candidates in the United States.

The national assembly held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 9, 2014, approved the statements of mission and purpose noted below.


The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) is organized as the national representative body of the leadership of male religious institutes, monastic communities, and societies of apostolic life in the United States. CMSM represents this leadership before a number of national and international bodies, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Holy See, in particular the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL).

CMSM, through the leadership of the religious institutes, monastic communities, and societies of apostolic life, addresses the life and concerns of the members of the institutes and societies in the United States, and the evangelizing mission of the institutes, monasteries, and societies in the context of church and culture in this country. CMSM is both the common voice for major superiors and the primary common resource for service to leaders:

  • As the common voice, it speaks regionally, nationally and internationally, independently or in concert with other groups; it does so from the perspective of the members of religious institutes, monastic communities, and societies of apostolic life on issues regarding their life, as well as that of the Church and of our society.
  • As the primary common resource, it serves major superiors and their councilors in their role of leadership in their own communities and in the conference as a whole, especially in promoting greater fidelity and more effective witness to the Gospel ideal, with special attention to issues of justice and peace.


CMSM has as its purpose specifically:

  • To be a support to major superiors and their councilors and a resource for them in their role of leadership within their respective institutes.
  • To promote dialogue and collaboration with the conference of bishops, the individual bishops, and other major groups in the church and society.
  • To provide a corporate influence in the church and in society through its national and regional structures within the proper scope of the conference.


CMSM promotes the welfare, community life, ministry and mission of 12,000 religious priests and over 4,000 vowed brothers of the Catholic religious communities of men in the United States.


Religious priests and brothers who are leaders of their congregations in the United States.

Protection of Minors

Since 2003, CMSM has provided programs for its members concerning child protection, reporting and investigating allegations, prevention, response, accreditation, and supervision. Click here for more information.