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

Friday, May 14, 2021
11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT // 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

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 Circle Intensive, you're encouraged to invite another member of your ministry team to sign up. 

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 Paula Kaempffer to share her skill and experience in restorative justice ministry.

Paula Kaempffer serves as Outreach Coordinator for Restorative Justice and Abuse Prevention at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  In this newly created role, she helps coordinate, publicize and organize support for victim/survivors, and to search for new avenues of healing. She collaborates with a team to educate the public and hold monthly support group meetings for victim/survivors and for families of those who have been abused.

Kaempffer has served in Catholic Church ministry for more than 40 years, including the last 12 as the Director of Learning at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Kaempffer said opportunities to discuss the impact of clergy abuse are important for victims/survivors and others across the archdiocese as people seek ways to grow from anger and other difficult emotions into healing. A native of New York City and a survivor of clergy sexual abuse she suffered as an adult working in the Church, Kaempffer said she knows firsthand about the kind of healing that can take place.  Paula and her husband, Tom, live north of the Twin Cities. Their daughter, Martha, lives in Seattle.


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