Take part in a restorative practice firsthand in CMN's "Intro to Restorative Circles: A First Experience." Together with experienced facilitators, participants will go through a community-building circle process and reflect upon opportunities for the application of restorative circles in ministry.

This workshop is ideal for anyone new to restorative practices or who attended a recent CMN webinar on restorative justice engagement or synodality.

Event Details

Thursday, February 10, 2022
7-9:30 p.m. EST (4-6:30 p.m. PST)
This virtual event will take place via Zoom conference.
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About the Event

Restorative practices create spaces to hold difficult conversations that honor every person's voice, story, and dignity. "Circle process" is a foundational restorative practice that can be applied ministry settings for reflection, community building, and social action.

In "Intro to Restorative Circles: A First Experience," participants will:

LEARN the 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 community-building circle with fellow ministry leaders
REFLECT on opportunities for restorative approaches in their lives and ministries

Cost and Registration

A suggested donation of $20 offsets the materials provided. Each Intensive attendee will receive a copy of CMN's new resource Paths of Renewed Encounter: A Restorative Justice Engagement Guide for Catholic Communities, CMN's faith formation guide Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative JusticeThe Little Book of Circle Process by Kay Pranis, and more!

Thursday, February 10, 2022
7-9:30 p.m. EST (4-6:30 p.m. PST)
This virtual event will take place via Zoom conference.

Please register by Monday, February 7th!
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  • This event is intended for newcomers to restorative justice who have not yet experienced a circle process. If you have already attended a CMN circle event, you're encouraged to invite a different member of your ministry team to sign up.
  • This is a highly participatory event. Attendees are asked to arrive on time and be present for the entirety of the event.

If you have questions about registration, or wish to donate a different amount, email moira@catholicsmobilizing.org

Meet our Facilitators

Suzanne Neuhaus HeadshotSuzanne Neuhaus is an adjunct professor for Santa Clara University’s Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries concentrating in restorative justice. She actively serves on the Restorative Justice Committee for the California Catholic Conference of Bishops and is the board vice-chair of Healing Hearts Restoring Hope for those affected by homicide.

From 1988 to 2015, Suzanne worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), primarily as a Parole Agent and Victims Services Specialist. Now retired, she continues to volunteer as a victim offender dialogue (VOD) facilitator for CDCR, bringing persons harmed by violence together with the individual responsible in the spirit of healing. Her career as a peace officer inspired her to take a stand in support of a more responsible and balanced and restorative approach to justice. She has dedicated her professional life and volunteer efforts to addressing unresolved harm and creating opportunities for healing.

Caitlin Morneau headshotCaitlin 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.


Please contact Moira Greaney, Program Associate for Restorative Justice and Communications, with questions at moira@catholicsmobilizing.org