Protecting Children And Vulnerable Adults
We are committed to the protection of children and to creating safe environments at all of our ministry sites and in all of our communities. The sexual abuse of minors is abhorrent to Blessed Edmund’s example, to our vocation as Christian Brothers and to the Gospel values we profess. We share in the anger and anguish expressed by many Catholics and others in our society regarding sexual abuse. Thus, we are committed to the prevention of any such recurrences of abusive behavior.
Furthermore, we attempt to reach out to victims/survivors with care for their healing and hope to rebuild the trust that has been broken. Abusive behavior will not be tolerated. We will do all in our power to prevent future abuse. To assist us in fulfilling this commitment, we have formulated this document for the protection of those in our care.
Policy adopted by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America Province, November 1, 2006, and revised in 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2020.
The Ethics in Ministry Policy for Positive Relationships Between Brothers and Minors and Vulnerable Adults is available at:
- Ethical Ministry Policy Adults 2020
- Ethical Ministry Policy Minors 2020
- Allegation Guide (pre-August 1, 2012)
- Allegation Guide (post-August 1, 2012)
Abuse Prevention And Accreditation
The Conference of Major Superiors of Men established a system of accountability and transparency which utilizes an accreditation model and contracted with Praesidium Inc to become the accrediting body for men’s religious orders and congregations. The process requires that an independent team of specialists from Praesidium independently verify that the Standards for Accreditation have been met. Praesidium specialists have thoroughly reviewed the policies of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, conducted site visits, interviewed members of the Province, including those in formation, vocation and formation directors, members of the Provincial Council and members of our Review Board.
The Christian Brothers were originally Praesidium Accredited™, the highest honor in abuse prevention practices, in June 2007, re-accredited in October 2010, November 2013 and November 2018 for another five-year period through 2023.
Please report abuse. Here are ways to report:
- Contact the Christian Brothers Survivors Assistance Coordinator Deborah O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email the Christian Brothers' leadership team at email@example.com
- Write the Christian Brothers at 260 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804
- Contact your local district attorney or police