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About the Intensive

Catholic Mobilizing Network, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and I Was In Prison And You Visited Me, are pleased to welcome Dr. Sandra Pavelka, to share her wisdom and skill from years of facilitating restorative dialogue. Peacemaking circles are a foundational restorative practice that can foster healing for people and relationships impacted by crime. In addition to addressing harm and conflict, circles can be useful tools for storytelling, reflection, and community building in various areas of Catholic ministry.

This intensive is not a facilitator training, but a great opportunity for Catholic leaders who wish to build a deeper understanding of restorative justice practices in their dioceses, networks, ministries, and communities. Through presentations, skilled facilitation, and 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 used in prison and community settings
  • Participate in circle process as a group
  • Discern and share opportunities to utilize restorative circles in their dioceses, parishes, and communities

About the Facilitator

Dr. Sandra Pavelka is a lifelong Catholic and nationally recognized restorative justice practitioner based in the state of Florida. She is President and CEO of Community & Restorative Justice Associates and Pavelka Consulting Group in addition to serving as Professor and Director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her work with restorative circles and other restorative practices has included school districts and community organizations as well as consultation with policy makers, justice system stakeholders, victim advocates and non-profit organizations on implementation of restorative justice principles, practices, and policy. Dr. Pavelka believes "we're able to apply the basic principles to our everyday lives - living in shalom - living in right relationships with our families, friends, and neighbors."

Special Presentation

Dissatisfied with the criminal justice process after their daughter Ann was killed by her fiance, Conor McBride, Kate and Deacon Andy Grosmaire, along with Conor's parents, Julie and Michael McBride, fought to use Restorative Justice as a way to have their voices heard. The Grosmaires will share their story, from discovering The Little Book of Restorative Justice and finding a Restorative Justice Facilitator, to holding the first pre-adjudication Restorative Justice conference for a capital murder in the United States.


A suggested donation of $50 offsets the cost of meals and materials provided. Participants will be provided dinner on Friday, a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday. 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. 

Travel and Lodging

If you are coming in from out of town, the Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) is about a half hour from Good Shepherd Parish. 

There are rooms available at the Neumann Center Retreat House for $75/person per night, which is three miles from Good Shepherd. Each room has two single beds with community bathrooms.

  • If traveling from out of town, you are strongly encouraged to make reservations ASAP as it coincides with the university's Catholic parent's weekend. 
  • When making your reservation, include "CMN Restorative Circles Intensive" in the comments section.
  • If you are interested in having a roommate, notify Caitlin.
  • To make a reservation, click here.

There are also a number of hotels nearby including a Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn.

***Registration is now closed.***

Additional Information

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

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