Official Releases

CMSM Statement on U.S. Bombing in Syria

Syria and Iraq

President Trump recently launched 59 cruise missiles at an air base in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack within Syria. We, who are called to be Catholic religious leaders, mourn for all those that died in both of these incidents, and we denounce this use of violence which only exacerbates the habits and structures of violence.

Media Release: ICE Must Respect Places of Worship and Ministry

ICE Logo

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials apprehended six men exiting a hypothermia shelter on February 8 at Rising Hope Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia — violating ICE’s own policy not to conduct enforcement actions at or near “sensitive locations” like houses of worship. We, who are called to be Catholic religious leaders, are deeply troubled by the pattern of deportations of those seeking refuge who do not pose a “significant threat to national security and public safety.”

Joint LCWR and CMSM letter to President-Elect Trump

White House

SILVER SPRING (January 18, 2017). The Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) representing the elected leaders of more than 55,000 Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership. LCWR… Read more »

Release Archive


CMSM Media Assembly Statement Release - Paranoia to Metanoia: Courageous Mercy Transforming Violence and Racism - 08-18-16

CMSM Media Release - Religious Men's Leaders' Annual Assembly Focuses on the Year of Mercy and Installs a New President - 08-08-16

CMSM Media Release - CMSM Board Accepts National Advisory Council Report on Child Protection Efforts by Religious Institutes - 08-08-16

CMSM Media Release - Boycott Illegal Settlements - 3-30-2016

CMSM Media Release - Statement on US Budget FY2017 - 2-11-2016

CMSM Media Release - Brothers Think Tank Applauds Vatican Document - 1-12-2016


CMSM Media Release - Criminal Justice Reform - 11-17-2015

CMSM Media Release - 2015 Assembly Summary - 8-10-15

CMSM Media Release - National Assembly Passes Resolution: Cherish All of Creation - 8-10-2015

CMSM Media Release - Cherish All of Creation - Statement on Pope's Encyclical - 7-9-2015

CMSM and LCWR Media Release: Pope Francis and Care for Creation - 6-18-2015

Media Release: CMSM Statement on the Conclusion of the CDF Mandate Regarding LCWR - 4-17-2014

Media Release: Court Decision and Executive Action - 2-19-2015


Media Release: Ferguson and Beyond: A Window into Our Human Quest - 12-10-2014

Media Release: CMSM National Assembly 2014 - 08-11-2014

Media Release: Holy Land Calls for Courageous Peacemaking - 07-31-2014

Media Release: CMSM Statement on the Sentencing of Dzhokhar - 5-26-2014

Media Release: End the Bed Quota on Detention of Immigrants - 05-08-2014

Media Release: Call for Restorative Justice Not the Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - 2-19-2014


Religious Leaders' Offer Civil Disobedience to Expose Unjust Immigration Laws- 10-23-2013 (Media Release)

CMSM Statement on Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - 09-06-2013 (Media Release)

CMSM 2013 Assembly Media Release, 08-12-2013

CMSM Assembly Statement: Instruments of Hope and Healing- 08-10-2013

CMSM Statement on Armed Drones - Media Release, 05-03-2013

CMSM Media Release - Five-Point Plan to Promote Vocation of the Religious Brother, 05-29-2013

Letter to Pope Francis, 03-14-2013

Letter to Pope Benedict XVI, 02-20-2013

CMSM Statement on Immigration Reform Proposals, 02-04-2013


2012 CMSM Statement on Killings in Newtown, Connecticut (December)

Media Release: CMSM Sponsors Think Tank on Religious Brother's Vocation, 11-28-2012

CMSM 2012 Assembly Media Release, 08-06-2012

2012 CMSM Comments on the LCWR Situation, 06-08-2012

CMSM Media Release - Transition in Leadership, 03-19-2012