IMage of the feet of those sitting in a peacemaking circle, with a centerpiece in the middle.

WHAT: In this facilitator training, participants will acquire knowledge, skills, and experience to facilitate peacemaking circles in their parishes, ministries, and communities.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21 - Saturday, October 24, 2020

WHERE: Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
5114 S. Elizabeth St.
Chicago, IL 60609

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About the Training

CMN is pleased to partner with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) to offer this four-day training. Peacemaking circles are a foundational restorative practice that can bring about healing for people and relationships impacted by crime and conflict. They can also be useful tools for storytelling, reflection, and community building. Peacemaking circles are transformative in their simplicity, but a foundation of knowledge and skill is important for creating safe and inclusive spaces, especially in cases of harm.  This training is ideal for Catholic leaders who wish to facilitate restorative circles in their dioceses, networks, ministries, and communities.

CMN & PBMR are committed to the health and safety of all participants. At this time, the training is expected to take place as scheduled. However, final determinations will be based on CDC recommendations and information from local governments. 

In this four-day training, participants will:

  • Understand the spiritual and practical roots of restorative justice and peacemaking circles
  • Hear stories and examples of restorative practices as they are used in a Catholic context​
  • Acquire skills and resources for facilitating a variety of types of peacemaking circles
  • Discern and share opportunities to utilize restorative circles in their dioceses, parishes, and communities

We ask participants to commit to all four days of the training. The times for each day are as follows: 

  • Wednesday, October 21 | 12pm-5pm
  • Thursday, October 22 | 8am-5pm
  • Friday, October 23 | 8am-5pm
  • Saturday, October 24 | 9am-2pm


About Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and the Facilitators

Image result for precious blood ministry of reconciliation logoPrecious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) creates a place for those who have been impacted by violence and conflict. PBMR reaches out to the one who has been harmed, to the one who has done harm, and to the community. They also strive to be a resource to other groups and communities who seek reconciliation.


Fr. David Kelly has worked for Kolbe House at Assumption, a parish-based jail ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, since 1985. For more than 30 years, he has worked as a chaplain in Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. He has experience working in jails/prisons in Ohio and Florida. He received his B.S. in Bio-Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College, a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies and a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min) from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His doctoral thesis is entitled Responding to Violence among Urban Youth: a Restorative Approach. He has been trained and certified as a mediator from DePaul University, as well as in the restorative practice of Peacemaking Circles. He has published articles and spoken on reconciliation, restorative justice, and jail/detention ministry.



This training is partially supported by the generosity of an anonymous foundation and is typically valued at a rate of $500 per person. A suggested donation of $300 offsets the cost of meals and materials provided (Housing is not included, see below for travel and lodging recommendations.)

Meals will be provided and each attendee will receive a copy of CMN's recently published book Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice and The Little Book of Circle Process by Kay Pranis. 

Cancellation Policy: Due to space limitations, there is typically a wait list for this event. If, after registering, you find that you are unable to attend, cancellations must be made at least 14 days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund. 

Travel & Lodging

Air Travel: For those flying in from out of town, Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is recommended as it is significantly closer to PBMR than Chicago O'Hare. 

Ground Transit to PBMR: From Midway Airport, take the Orange line to the Kedzie stop. The 51st Street bus (toward 47th St L) stops right outside of PBMR. Uber and Lyft both operate in Chicago.

Lodging: Lodging recommendations are forthcoming. 

Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot. 

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For questions about this event or to be added to the waitlist, please contact Caitlin Morneau, Director of Restorative Justice at or 202-541-5290.