An important part of the Commission’s work is to explore the best ways to provide education for all people who serve in Church organizations, together with parents, youth, children, and all members especially of our parishes and schools.
Our Commission Members have provided many educational and training programs, including those offered to conferences of bishops and religious superiors, to new bishops meetings in Rome, and to child protection personnel from all parts of the world.
For Conferences of Bishops and Religious Superiors
Examples of the programs for conferences of bishops include a meeting in December 2015 with the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America and Panama (SEDAC). Commission Member Bishop Luis Manuel Ali Herrera from Colombia was accompanied by our President, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap. and our Secretary, Msgr. Robert Oliver, for a two day conference that included bishops from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.
Another meeting was held in August 2015 in the Philippines. Almost all the country's bishops traveled to Manila for the three-day seminar with Members Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ and Msgr. Oliver. As a direct outcome of this meeting, the Conference of Bishops established a National Office for child protection in the Philippines.
In March 2016, Commission Members Sr. Hermenegild Makoro and Sr. Kayula Lesa met with the Secretaries General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Ghana. A few days later, they also presented at a second meeting with child protection practitioners drawn from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Tanzania.
In November 2016, the Conference of Bishops in Mexico asked to meet with Cardinal O’Malley at their annual meeting in Mexico City. The Cardinal was joined by Fr. Zollner and Msgr. Oliver, as well as Archbishop Charles Scicluna from Malta, formerly the Promoter of Justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.