CMN, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, Diocese of Cleveland Social Action Office, Ohioans to Stop Executions, and the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center invite Ohio ministry leaders to an online workshop where participants will experience a core restorative justice practice, build relationships, and discern action for ending the death penalty.

Interested in other upcoming CMN restorative circle events? Click here.

Event Details: 

Saturday, March 5, 2022
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET (Via Zoom)

About the Intensive

Upholding human dignity, means ending dehumanization and building up conditions and systems that advance the flourishing of all people. While working to end the death penalty, restorative justice offers a healing path forward.

Peacemaking circles are a foundational restorative practice that offer opportunities for healing and repair among those impacted by crime and incarceration. Beyond addressing instances of harm, circles can be applied ministry settings for reflection, community building, and social action.

In this introductory experience, participants will develop a shared understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, while considering the call to end the death penalty in Ohio. Through experienced facilitation and spirit-filled reflection, participants will:

Learn about a variety of applications for circles in ministry and civic life
Witness the transformation story of an individual living on death row
Hear stories and examples of restorative practices as they are are applied in faith-based context​s
Experience community building circles with fellow ministry leaders
Discern opportunities to utilize restorative circles in their dioceses, parishes, and communities

This workshop is ideal for Catholic ministers who wish to build a deeper understanding of restorative justice practices in their dioceses, networks, ministries, and communities.

About Our Facilitators

Catholic Mobilizing Network is pleased to welcome Mary Hallinan and Martha Hurley to share their skill and experience in restorative justice ministry and anti-death penalty advocacy, with a special presentation from Lyle May, who is currently living on death row. 

Dr. Martha H. Hurley is Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies at the University of Dayton. She’s the author of Aging in Prison: The Integration of Research and Practice, and co-author of Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World, Volume Two and Correctional Administration and Change Management, as well as numerous book chapters, scholarly publications on crime and justice, and technical reports to criminal justice and social service agencies. Her prison cell desegregation research was cited in the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Johnson v. CA. She is an active member of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Death Penalty and Restorative Justice Issue Team. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. 

Mary Hallinan is a restorative justice advocate and practitioner residing in Kettering, OH.  For the past ten years, along with members of the Queen of Apostles Faith Community, Mary has led a weekly healing circle in the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, OH.  The program is a recipient of the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Sister Dorothy Stang Award.  The group also facilitated circles for women who had been released from jail and returned to the community and supports women who have moved from jail to prison. Mary received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Toledo.  She practiced law in government, non-profit, corporate, and educational settings.  She was a trial lawyer in private practice.  Mary received an MSE in counseling from the University of Dayton, where she also studied theology.  Mary holds numerous post-graduate certifications in somatic psychotherapy and is currently in private practice as a somatic psychotherapist and spiritual director.

Lyle May is a prison journalist, abolitionist, Ohio university alum, and member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society. As he pursues every legal avenue to overturn his wrongful conviction and death sentence, Lyle advocates for greater access to higher education in prison. His fight is that of millions, and while the opposition is strong, his desire for equal justice is stronger.

Cost and Registration

A suggested donation of $50 offsets the materials provided. Each Intensive attendee will receive a copy of The Little Book of Circle Process by Kay Pranis, Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice faith formation guide, and Paths of Renewed Encounter: A Restorative Justice Engagement Guide for Catholic Communities. 

  • This is a highly participatory event. Attendees are asked to arrive on time and be present for the entirety of the event.
  • Because space is limited, if you have already attended a CMN circles intensive, you're encouraged to invite another member of your ministry team to sign up. 

Space is limited! Register by Friday, February 25th.

If you have questions about registration, or wish to donate a different amount, email

Co-Sponsored by:




Please contact Moira Greaney, Program Associate for Restorative Justice and Communications, with questions at