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Commission Members have provided education and training seminars on the protection of minors worldwide:




Our Members from Africa are Sisters Hermenegild Makoro and Kayula Lesa. They have collaborated with other Commission members to provide education and training in:


  • Zambia – January 2017, Workshop for diocesan child protection personnel, secretariat and others, Lusaka.

  • South Africa – May 2016, one day presentation in the Orientation Programme for the New Missionaries of the SACBC (The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference) Region reached 13 different countries.

  • South Africa (SACBC) – April 2016, input on the Protection of Minors to a group of priests and religious from 4 countries on three months Sabbatical Programme organized by the Ongoing Formation Committee of the Conference.
  • Ghana (SECAM) – March 2016, meeting with the Secretaries General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)

  • Kenya (AMECEA) – March 2016, meeting with child protection practitioners drawn from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Tanzania

  • Zambia – January 2016, training on Child Protection to teachers and parents from four Catholic Schools.



Our Member from Asia is Dr. Gabbriel Dy-Liacco. In May 2017, several Commission Members have been asked by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) to offer a three-day workshop. Over the past two years, our Member from Asia, Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, has offered many opportunities for training in the Philippines:


  • October 2016, workshop on Trauma, Addictions, Safeguarding and Formation to Marist Brothers of the Schools who are in studies at the Marist Asia Pacific Center (MAPAC), their regional formation center for brothers on their way to solemn profession. The brothers in studies are usually from Asia, Oceania, the Pacific Islands, and Africa.

  • July 2016, seminar on safeguarding and on-going formation to live-in mid-life renewal program at John Mary Vianney Galilee Development and Retreat Center for The Galilee Center is an undertaking of the Episcopal Commission on Clergy of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

  • June 2016, workshop for the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila.

  • May 2016, meeting with the CBCP and representatives of the Republic of the Philippines Department of Education (DepEd) on extra-curricular values-formation and safeguarding programs for students, parents, teachers, and administrators in K-12 public schools.

  • February 2016, recollection talk on safeguarding and formation to Jesuit scholastic-theologians enrolled at the Pontifical Loyola School of Theology.

  • August 2015, workshop for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)


Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

Our Members from this region of the world are Mr. Bill Kilgallon and Ms. Kathleen McCormack.


  • Australia - April 2016, meeting with Royal Commission Chair Hon Justice McClellan AM and his staff. 

  • Australia – April 2016, Helder Camara Lecture for the Archdiocese of Melbourne on Mercy and Compassion in Today’s Society.

  • Australia - May 2015, Attended the Australian Bishops Conference at North Sydney.

  • Australia - May 2015, presentation to the staff from the Archdiocese of Brisbane in Toowoomba regarding the role on the Commission. 

  • Australia - May 2015, visited the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, Queensland.  Presentation to the Professional Standards Committee, staff at Catholic Education Office and Catholic Welfare on the role of Commission.

  • Australia - March 2015, Green Paper Consultation Forum with Bishops and Religious Leaders at North Sydney NSW, providing advice on the establishment of Catholic Church Safeguarding Ltd, to address future requirements post Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

  • Australia - March 2015, presentation to the National Catholic Professional Standards Committee Meeting at Mascot, Sydney NSW, representing Australia on the Commission

  • Pacific Islands – 2014, workshop in American Samoa for child protection leaders and Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania, FCBCO



Our Members from Europe are Dr. Catherine Bonnet, Mrs. Marie Collins, Prof. Sheila Hollins, Prof. Hanna Suchocka and Rev. Hans Zollner SJ.


  • Rome - June 2016, Anglophone Safeguarding Conference.

  • Poland - 2015, workshop for Bishops and Child Protection leaders.

  • Scotland - 2015, workshop for Bishops' Conference in Salamanca.

  • France - May 2015, presentation in Paris to the International Congress of the Bureau International Catholique de l'Enfance.

  • Ireland - November 2015, presentation on the work of the Pontifical Commission on the Protection of Minors to the Catholic Church in England and Wales National Safeguarding Conference.


Latin America

Our Members from Latin America are Bishop Luis Manuel Alí Herrera and Rev. Humberto Miguel Yáñez SJ.


  • Colombia – January 2017, workshops on child protection to bishops, priests, religious women and men, seminarians, and lay ministers and professionals in Bogotà, Cali and Villavicencio.

  • Colombia – August 2016, workshop for 50 Evangelization leaders (catechists, social worker, assistant pastoral and teachers) who work with Minors.

  • Colombia – August 2016, workshop for Seminarians from the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese and the Redentoris Mater Seminary.

  • Latin America (CELAM) – July 2016, formation course for formators of Major Seminaries from 14 Latin-American countries.

  • Colombia – June 2016, workshop for Permanent Deacons of the Archdiocese and 4 suffragan Dioceses.

  • Colombia – June 2016, workshop for Religious Communities who work with children, teenagers and vulnerable adults.

  • Central America (SEDAC) in Costa Rica – December 2015, presentation on the Commission and on the education programs that our working groups are developing.


North America

Our Members from North America are Cardinal Seán O’Malley OFM Cap., Dr. Krysten Winter-Green and Monsignor Robert Oliver.


  • October 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, a two-day programs with the Major of Religious Men.

  • May 2016, in Denver, Colorado, a presentation to United States National Safe Environment (SECs) and Victims Assistance Coordinators (VACs) Conference.

  • January 2015, in San Diego, California, a presentation on a historical overview on child abuse: "From France to USA to the Diocese."

  • January 2015, in San Diego, California, a presentation at the 29th Annual San Diego International Conference on child and family maltreatment.

Holy See

In addition to the educational sessions for new bishops mentioned above, our Members have begun offering programs for all the dicasteries of the Holy See and for the training of the Vatican diplomatic personnel. These programs have included:


  • April 2017, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

  • March 2017, Educational Seminar in Pontifical Gregorian University.

  • September 2016, Congregation for Bishops.

  • September 2016, Congregation for the Clergy

  • June 2016, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

  • May 2016, Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica