The Communities of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

Therefore, we have declared

in our Constitutions and Statutes:

C30 bis: Safeguarding of Minors and Vulnerable Adults

Each community and each member of the Order, attentive to the respect and dignity of each person, in particular minors and fragile persons, is vigilant in the prevention of all forms of abuse of power, of conscience and of sexual aggression.

St 30bis A: A community protocol will be drawn up with the various church bodies. The community will receive training on this subject.

St 30bis B: The protocol and its application are to be reviewed during the regular visitation.


and in the Ratio Institutionis, the document on formation:

16bis: Each member of the community shall receive training on the prevention of all forms of abuse. Reference should be made to the norms of the country and of the local and universal Church. Communities are encouraged to receive specialist help in these areas in collaboration with their diocese and region.

For more information or to raise a concern, please contact first the individual community involved or write a letter to

O.C.S.O. – Safeguarding Delegate

Viale Africa 33

00144 Roma