CMN invites ministry leaders to an online workshop where participants will experience restorative circles and learn about their applications in criminal justice and ministry settings.

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Event Details

Saturday, September 25, 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.

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. 

If you have questions about registration, or wish to donate a different amount, email

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. Beyond 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 community building circles with fellow ministry leaders
Discern opportunities to utilize restorative circles in their dioceses, parishes, and communities

This workshop is ideal for Catholic ministers 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.

Kayla Jackson serves as Social Justice Ministries Coordinator at Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chicago where she develops education and formation opportunities to invite members to live a faith that does justice. She enjoys incorporating restorative practices and values throughout ministry programs and small groups, inviting others into the transformative philosophy  of restorative justice. Kayla helps coordinate monthly Conversations on Race & Circle Conversations and serves as both program planner and Circle Keeper. Kayla holds an MSW (Master of Social Work) from Dominican University and completed Circle Keeper Training through Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation. 


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