Protection of Minors

Jesus with the Children

Conversations That Matter

CMSM is privileged to distribute the excellent series of learning modules, Conversations That Matter.

Released January 2018: The Case of "Father Tom"

Our newest module, "The Case of 'Father Tom'" is a pseudonymous account of a real situation involving sexual abuse from a professed male religious. It includes a narration of "Father Tom's" story along with discussion questions and didactics. The questions and key points have been crafted according to the needs of three key audiences:

  • Men in formation
  • Men currently living in Apostolic Life
  • Men living in a Retired Community

To purchase downloadable and online resources for "The Case of 'Father Tom'," select from the options below. Online purchases are completed through PayPal and you may use a PayPal account, debit card or credit card to complete the purchase.

The kits are $50 individually and you may purchase multiple kits for a discount through the drop down list below. Once you have completed the checkout process through PayPal, you can click on the "Return to Merchant" button you see on your receipt page to be directed to a page on which you will receive information on how to access the materials. Please be sure to save the information on that landing page for future access if needed. 

Choose how many of the kits you need

Training Webinars for use of the "Conversations That Matter" Materials

CMSM is also very proud to announce its first series from the Office of Child Protection Training Webinars: "The Dynamics of More Effective Facilitation: Conversations That Matter - 2018."

Learn or enhance skills necessary to better facilitate these groundbreaking trainings.

This year's trainings require attentive care and attention to three types of community conversations: formation, apostolic, and retirement.

The trainings will address these new dimensions and explore various practical techniques to enhance engagement and retention of materials.

Learn practical steps to help focus the materials, avoid problems, manage resistance and more effectively deal with problem people.

Dates and Times for the upcoming webinars are as follows. To register for either or both webinars, click on the links provided.

Tuesday , January 16, 2018 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Thursday, January 18, 2018 4 - 5 p.m. ET

These webinars are free and recordings of these trainings will be available after the event on the CMSM website.

Earlier Modules

Initial modules were developed and adapted from materials created by the Jesuit Conference. This resource may be used in fulfillment of the educational requirements stipulated in Standard Five of the Standards for Accreditation in the Instruments of Hope and Healing Program. CMSM will provide member institutes with a DVD and a link to the documents related to this resource when the order is received in the CMSM office. CMSM provides the option and ability for individual congregations to tailor the documents further for distribution to and use by their members.

If you have questions or would like to access the earlier "Conversations That Matter" modules, please contact Fr. Jerry McGlone, S.J. at the CMSM National Office via email at or by phone at 301-588-4030 ext. 235 for additional information

Current Documentation

Additional documentation for CMSM members is available on the members pages of the website (login required).

Related Resources

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History of the Program

Instruments of Hope and Healing -- Safeguarding Children and Young People

Program Development

Beginning in August of 2002, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) embarked upon a long-term program of education and accountability, which honors and fulfills the standards set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in their landmark document, the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and applied in the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons, which became particular law for the United States when the Norms received a recognitio from the Holy See in 2006.

After research by a staff of experts in the field to ensure consistent implementation of national standards for accountability, the National Board of the CMSM formally endorsed a program in February 2003. The National Board entered into a partnership with the Christian Brothers Risk Management Services and its recommended service provider, Praesidium Religious Services, in order to implement the specific goals set forth in the CMSM pledge for child protection, our August 2002 Assembly Statement; namely, to have in place:

  • Mechanisms to respond promptly to any allegation of sexual abuse.
  • Independent review boards, either singly or in union with others.
  • Mechanisms of public accountability from outside the leadership of institutes.
  • Educational programs for the protection of children and the prevention of abuse.
  • More effective methods of intervention, care, treatment and follow-up supervision of members in need of this care.
  • Programs of healing, reconciliation and wellness for all those affected by sexual abuse through dialogue with appropriate groups.

A program of large-scale organizational change was begun in August of 2003 at the National Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky. It is entitled, Instruments of Hope and Healing -- Safeguarding Children and Young People.

In August 2004, the educational component of this program was completed. There were 209 religious institutes, societies of apostolic life and monasteries who participated in the Instruments of Hope and Healing program. Shortly after the completion of the educational phase, these same communities began to seek accreditation from Præsidium, Inc. for their child protection efforts in accord with the first set of Standards for Accreditation published by Praesidium in 2004. The Standards were revised in 2008, 2012 and again most recently in 2016. CMSM member communities may order these materials by visiting the member section of the website (login required) or contacting Fr. Jerry McGlone, S.J. at the CMSM National Office via email at or by phone at 301-588-4030 ext. 235.

At the 2013 Assembly of the Conference, CMSM members considered and approved a new statement on child protection, entitled Eleven Years of Work and Reflection by United States Male Religious on the Tragedy of Sexual Abuse within the Catholic ChurchIn 2016, the Standards for Accreditation were amended to include more recent information. In 2017, CMSM hired Fr. Jerry McGlone, S.J., Ph.D. as Associate Director for the Protection of Minors. 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Protection of Minors News

CMSM Releases New Module, Hosts Webinars for ‘Conversations That Matter’ Series for the Protection of Minors

Jesus with the Children

As part of our 15-year effort of education and accountability among men’s institutes for religious life for the protection of minors in our church and society, CMSM is privileged to distribute the latest module in the excellent series “Conversations That Matter” and offer webinar trainings for to guide leaders of men’s religious communities in the use of these important materials.

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