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

Event Details

Saturday, June 12, 2021
11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST // 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST
This virtual event will take place via Zoom conference. A meeting link will be sent to those who register.

Cost and Registration

Registration is now full. Please email to be added to the waitlist or sign up here to be notified about future CMN Circle Events.

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 Facilitator

Catholic Mobilizing Network is pleased to welcome Brandyn Woodard to share his skill and experience in restorative justice ministry.

Brandyn Woodard, the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College since March 2021, previously worked at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Central Minnesota as the Director of Intercultural and International Student Services and Co-Administrator of the Becoming Community Mellon Grant that sought to implement transformative inclusion at the institutions.  He has a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree from Webster University.  His interest in Restorative Justice began when he hosted author and activist Patrice Gaines at a college in Iowa where he worked at the time.  Since then, he has been a panelist at CSBSJU’s 2015 Peace Studies Conference discussing restorative practices, participated in Restorative Justice training with ACPA, and is currently enrolled in the Restorative Justice Certificate program out of the University of San Diego.


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