Safe Environment:

a Program

for Child Protection

A Message from Abbot Gregory


The human person, made in the image and likeness of God, deserves to be honored and respected; indeed, God dwells within a person as in a temple, and there too abides the Spirit of Jesus who is served, loved and welcomed in every human encounter. What a terrible indignity, what a grave offence, therefore, when human life—especially that of a child—is sexually or otherwise abused and dishonored! The monks of Mount Angel Abbey strive for an authentic hospitality in a safe environment, and in the face of the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Church in recent years the Abbey has established a Review Board and an Office of Child Protection, doing its part in a Church that seeks reconciliation, healing and forgiveness. In this website you will find spelled out the seriousness of Mount Angel’s commitment to a safe environment and to the protection of children.


Abbot Gregory Duerr, O.S.B.