CMN invites ministry leaders to an online workshop in which participants will experience restorative justice circles and gain an understanding of their applications in criminal justice and ministry settings.

Event Details

Thursday, December 17, 2020
11 am - 5:30 pm Eastern (8 am - 2:30 pm Pacific)
This virtual event will take place via Zoom conference. A meeting link will be sent to those who register.

About the Intensive

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

In this introductory experience, participants will gain a shared understanding of restorative justice principles and practices. Through experienced facilitation and spirit-filled reflection, participants will:

Learn about a variety of applications for circles in ministry and civic life
Hear stories and examples of restorative practices as they are are applied in faith-based context​s
Experience the transformative power of participating in peacemaking circles
Discern and share opportunities to utilize restorative circles in their dioceses, parishes, and communities

This workshop is ideal for Catholic ministry leaders 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 Dr. Desirée Anderson (University of New Orleans and Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses) and Anne Buchanan (Consultant with the Diocese of Orange) to share their skill and experience in restorative justice ministry.

Dr. Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. Having worked in higher education for over 13 years, Dr. Anderson has committed her energy to address issues of bias and hate on college and university campuses. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans researching The Use of Campus-Based Restorative Justice Practices to Address Incidents of Bias: Facilitators’ Experiences. Before coming to serve as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs at the University of New Orleans, she worked as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California and previously held positions as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University and as an Area Residence Director at Texas State University. Desirée serves as an instructor in the Educational Administration Master's degree program at UNO and as a Restorative Justice National Team Trainer for the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego. Dr. Anderson has recently released a book chapter in Colorizing Restorative Justice by Living Justice Press. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and watching an unnecessary amount of TV.


Anne Buchanan brings together a unique combination of conflict resolution and restorative justice principles and practices to support those seeking a better way to work through harm, conflict, disagreements, and misunderstandings. Working with faith-based communities, higher education and schools, and community groups, her practice is based on the belief that repairing and building healthy relationships should be the primary focus for finding transformative solutions to harmful, confusing, and difficult conflict situations. Her work is rooted in Peacemaking Circles, an indigenous process designed to address the underlying influences that are harming individuals, families, and groups of people within our communities. Anne is currently a consultant with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, working with the Restorative Justice Department to implement a Healing Circle program for those who have lost a loved one to homicide or severe violence.


Cost and Registration

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

  • 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. 

Registration is now full. There is still space remaining for our January Intensive. Or, email to be added to a waitlist for December. 


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