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 and 2017.

The Ethics in Ministry Policy for Positive Relationships Between Brothers and Minors and Vulnerable Adults is available at:

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 and November 2013 for a five year period through 2018. The Province is currently engaged in the reaccreditation process with Praesidium for the next five-year period through 2023.

Please report abuse. Here are ways to report:

  • Contact the Christian Brothers Survivors Assistance Coordinator Deborah O'Brien at
  • Email the Christian Brothers' leadership team at
  • Write the Christian Brothers at 260 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804
  • Contact your local district attorney or police