The Legion of Christ is committed to creating and maintaining
a safe environment for all children who interact with its
members and are involved in its ministries. We have put
in place clear standards of conduct for all members as
well as procedures for investigating and reporting any allegations of
abuse or misconduct to the appropriate civil authorities. (Click here to
see the Legion Code of Conduct.)
The policies and procedures implemented
by the Legion of Christ are accredited by Praesidium,
Inc., a national organization that works with religious and other
institutions to establish and maintain rigorous standards for protecting children
and vulnerable adults. Praesidium provides consultation, risk management, assessment, policy
development, and training materials for use in preventing sexual misconduct
and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Legion of Christ
in North America maintains Praesidium accreditation through periodic audits by
independent auditors and ongoing training for each Legionary to establish
awareness, prevention and proper response to allegations of sexual misconduct
per Praesidium’s accreditation standards.
In addition, the Legion of Christ in
North America conducts thorough background checks of all Legionaries who
minister, even temporarily, in the United States to identify any
past behavior that might suggest future misconduct. The Legion of
Christ has enhanced screening procedures for all applicants, including criminal
We encourage anyone who has been abused by a
member of the Legion of Christ to contact the appropriate
authorities, regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred, and to
contact the Legion of Christ’s safe environments coordinator for the
United States, Fr. Steven Reilly (see contact information below.) If
anyone has a question about safe environment policies or a
complaint regarding sexual abuse of a minor by a Legionary,
contact Fr. Steven Reilly using the information below.
Fr. Steven Reilly,
Safe Environments Coordinator
Phone: (301) 580-0340
Mailing Address: 815 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580
that abuse of any kind causes lasting pain and damage
for the abused and their families as well as the
larger Catholic and Legionary and Regnum Christi communities. We continue
to offer compassion, prayers and support for all survivors of
abuse and strive to make sure the mistakes of the
past are not repeated.
For more information on the Child and
Youth Protection from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, go
to the following site: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/index.cfm.
To find out the outside
agencies for reporting in your area, go to https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=11-11172.