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.
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
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 background checks.
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. The Legion of Christ’s safe environments coordinator
for the United States is Fr. Steven Reilly, LC
and he may also be reached at Sreilly@Legionaries.org or called
at (301) 580-0340.
We recognize 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
If anyone has a question about safe environment
policies or a complaint regarding sexual abuse of a
minor by a Legionary, Fr. Steven Reilly can be reached
at Sreilly@Legionaries.org or called at (301) 580-0340. His mailing address
is 590 Columbus Avenue, Suite 100, Thornwood, NY 10594-1907.
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.