Join CMN this April for a virtual introductory workshop on restorative justice to learn basic concepts and practices related to the application of restorative justice in ministry.
This three-hour workshop is ideal for individuals who are new to restorative justice and restorative practices.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
12–3 p.m. ET (9 a.m.–12 p.m. PT)
This virtual event will take place via Zoom conference. It will not be recorded.
This event is highly participatory. Attendees are asked to arrive on time and stay for the entirety of the event.
Cost and Registration
Suggested Donation: $35
If you have questions about registration, or wish to donate a different amount, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will receive a packet of materials including:
- Harm Healing and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice
- The Little Book of Circle Processes by Kay Pranis
- Helpful handouts and lists of suggested resources for continued learning
Goals & Learning Objectives
Through exercises, reflection, and sharing, “Intro to Restorative Justice” participants will:
LEARN about core principles of restorative justice and how they connect with Catholic teaching
HEAR stories of restorative practices being applied in Catholic parish and ministry settings
EXPERIENCE a restorative practice with fellow ministry leaders
REFLECT on opportunities for restorative approaches in their lives and ministries
Chris Castillo’s 52-year-old mother, Pilar, was murdered in 1991. After becoming involved in prison ministry – specifically Bridges to Life almost 25 years ago - he learned to forgive the men who killed his mother. Chris shares his story with incarcerated persons through Bridges to Life, a 14 week faith-based restorative justice program. He has worked as a reporter and a marketing specialist before taking a job with Murder Victim’s Families for Reconciliation, where he created a dialogue with homicide survivors who were against the death penalty and showed an interest in speaking out against capital punishment. Chris is currently on the board of Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing and served on a Restorative Justice Steering Committee for Catholic Mobilizing Network. He has worked with Kairos and is involved in St. Kolbe retreats with the Catholic Church – the focus is to bring Christ to those incarcerated. He has participated in 12 St. Kolbe retreats. He has been sharing the story of his mother for almost 25 years to end the death penalty and improve the lives of the incarcerated.
Caitlin Morneau serves as Director of Restorative Justice at Catholic Mobilizing Network. She was the lead adaptor for CMN’s faith formation guide, Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice, and led the collaborative creation of Paths of Renewed Encounter: A Restorative Justice Engagement Guide for Catholic Communities. Caitlin holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University and is trained in circle process and restorative community conferencing.
Lucie Martinot-Lagarde is CMN's Restorative Justice Program Associate. A native of France, she graduated with an MA in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, with a focus on trauma healing.
Lucie has experience living and working in cross-cultural and cross-denominational contexts, serving as a spiritual companion and circlekeeper, and supporting the implementation of restorative practices in public schools.