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

Event Details

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
11 am - 5:30 pm Eastern (8 am - 2:30 pm Pacific)
This virtual event will take place via Zoom conference. A meeting link will be sent to those who register.

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 an 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 national ministry leaders who wish to build a deeper understanding of restorative justice practices in their dioceses, networks, ministries, and communities.

About Our Facilitators

Catholic Mobilizing Network is pleased to welcome Schoene Mahmood (Loyola Marymount University) and Joel Lightfoot (Bridges to Life) to share their skill and experience in restorative justice ministry.

Joel Lightfoot is a longtime volunteer, regional coordinator and now Outreach Manager at Bridges To Life. The mission of Bridges To Life is to connect communities to prisons to reduce the recidivism rate (particularly that of violent crimes), reduce the number of crime victims, and enhance public safety. The spiritual mission of Bridges To Life is to minister to victims and offenders in an effort to show them the transforming power of God’s love and forgiveness. Joel’s passion for prison ministry developed as he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Justice Systems from Truman State University, followed by a Master’s in Survey of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. 


Schoene Mahmood serves as Program Manager of the Restorative Justice Project to develop RJP curriculum and provide educational trainings that include on-going skill-building workshops for K-12 school community members. Extending the reach to higher-education stakeholders, she is partnering with the LMU Office of Student Affairs to implement Restorative Practices campus-wide at LMU. Schoene facilitated restorative conferences for 700+ juvenile expulsion, arrest, and court-diversion cases in the states of Baltimore, Maryland and Los Angeles, California.



Cost and Registration

A suggested donation of $50 offsets the materials provided. Each 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. 

Registration for this Circles Intensive is currently full. To be added to the event waitlist, please email Caitlin Morneau at


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