The Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission is called by God to follow Jesus Christ, evangelizing the poor in the spirit and after the manner of St. Vincent de Paul. The works of the Province are evangelization of the poor, including service to the poor, and assistance in the ministerial and personal formation of clergy and laity. Each Member of the Province commits himself to living the evangelical counsels as expressed in the vows of the Congregation.
Sexual misconduct by a Member of the Province, specifically sexual abuse of a minor, is a most serious offense against God and a violation not only of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church, but also of the very mission of the Province and its spirit, which every Vincentian vows to live. Such transgressions are a source of great pain for the victim, the abuser, their families, the Church, the Province and the larger community.
The Province denounces all forms of sexual misconduct by its Members and, in particular, the sexual abuse of a minor. The Province will not tolerate such, under any circumstances. The Province takes seriously its obligation to respond immediately in a compassionate, responsible and just manner to all allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by its Members and to provide an environment that supports, heals and safeguards minors.
Anyone who wishes to have a copy of the Province’s “Policy and Procedures Concerning Sexual Abuse of a Minor” should contact the Province’s Misconduct Administrator. Anyone with information about abuse of a minor by a Member of the Province is strongly encouraged to contact the Misconduct Administrator of the Province. The current Misconduct Administrator is:
Reverend Joseph S. Williams, C.M.
13663 Rider Trail North
Earth City, MO 63045
Prior to the reconfiguration of the West, South and Midwest Provinces into the Western Province, each individual province sought and received accreditation by Praesidium, Inc., the national leader in abuse risk management. This accreditation means that each province met or exceeded Praesidium’s Safety Standards. Praesidium Accreditation confirms that the (now) Western Province adheres to the highest organizational standards in abuse prevention.