The Commission

Prof. Gabriel DY-LIACCO


Psychotherapist and pastoral counsellor

Adult and adolescent psychotherapist and pastoral counsellor for various mental health concerns including of individuals, couples, families and groups, including victims and perpetrators of abuse.

Prof. Gabriel S. Dy-Liacco is the President of the Catholic Safeguarding Institute and an Associate Professor of the School of Counseling of Divine Mercy University (Virginia, USA).

He serves on the scientific advisory board of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University as well as on the editorial boards of several mental health journals. He has maintained a professional psychotherapy practice since 2000 in which he treats a wide range of mental health and life issues and has been treating primarily priests and religious since 2006. He provides organizational consulting services for dioceses, religious orders, seminaries, and Catholic educational institutions, and conducts safeguarding formation workshops for diocesan and religious leadership and personnel.

On December 17, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Prof. Dy-Liacco to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and this appointment was reconfirmed in February 2018. 

Gabby has been married for 21 years and he and his wife, Tammy, have five children ages 6 to 20 (four boys and one girl – the eldest).

Card. O’ Malley on EU Day against Child Sexual Abuse

Card. O’ Malley on EU Day against Child Sexual Abuse

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Nov. 18: A Global movement to protect children

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