Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (all day) to Saturday, October 19, 2019 (all day)
Chicago, IL

Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you:

Circle Keeper Training at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

with Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S. 

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

WHEN: Wednesday, October 16 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

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

About the Training

CMN is pleased to partner with Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation 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 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.  

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

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

About Fr. David Kelly & Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Fr. David A. Kelly is the founder and Executive Director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) in Chicago, IL. In 2000, he, along with other members of his religious congregation, began PBMR to create 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 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.

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Please contact Caitlin Morneau, Director of Restorative Justice, with questions at