Are you a Catholic ministry leader wanting to bring restorative justice practices to your community? Are you just a little unsure of where to start or turn next?

Join CMN for a four-part webinar series exploring practical components of restorative justice approaches within Catholic ministry. Each session will highlight a particular “Opportunity in Ministry,” drawing out themes and learnings that are applicable to all settings.

Through interactive exercises and conversations with restorative justice practitioners and fellow Catholic leaders, participants will glean practical wisdom and develop a customized engagement roadmap for their parish or ministry. There will also be opportunities for reflection, discernment, and discussion.

DOWNLOAD: CMN's Restorative Justice Engagement Roadmap template

Each webinar session will utilize content and tools featured in CMN's restorative justice engagement guide, Paths of Renewed Encounter. Participants will come away with ideas and next steps for sharing learnings with their communities.

Attend just one session, or join us for all four! As a participant, you will...

  1. Practice using tools, resources, and questions of the Paths of Renewed Encounter engagement guide, in preparation for use with your community.
  2. Understand restorative justice approaches through the lenses of Catholic teaching, racial justice, and trauma healing. 
  3. Locate your parish/ministry within a particular “Opportunity for Engagement” and discern potential restorative practices.
  4. Identify next steps for learning and action in collaboration with your community. 


About the Facilitators

L. Tomay Douglas is a daughter, mom, sister and grandmother who is committed to being the evidence for persons impacted by trauma to see that they can rise up, stand in their truth, walk in their purpose and experience true love. Tomay is a Restorative Justice Equity Educator, Social Worker, a Substance Abuse Counselor, Consultant and Coach. Her work centers on healing, equity, and justice through education in K-12 and higher education, families, communities, and religious organizations. Tomay is a facilitator with Restorative Justice Education, (RJ Ed), and is a Restorative Roots Collaborative member facilitating Participatory Action Research. Tomay is a PhD student and resident RJ practitioner at the University of San Diego, project leader of HEAL Humanity Now!- an equity and racial justice initiative, facilitator on the RJ Certificate training team and graduate assistant at the Center for Restorative Justice at USD.

Caitlin Morneau serves as Director of Restorative Justice at Catholic Mobilizing Network where she oversees spiritual formation, network building, and story sharing that engages Catholics and people of good will in healing approaches to justice. She was the lead adaptor for CMN’s faith formation guide Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice and led the collaborative creation of Paths of Renewed Encounter. Caitlin holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University and is trained in circle process and restorative community conferencing.

See below for individual session descriptions and featured presenters.

Session 1: Public Education and Community Resilience

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  PT)
Zoom Conference

Review basic concepts of restorative justice through the lens of Catholic teaching, and explore how intentional community-building with restorative practices can help prevent violence, build resilience, and foster public support. Group will focus on identifying a goal, core values, and reading the signs of the times. 

Featured Speaker: Desirée Anderson (University of New Orleans and Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses)


Session 2: Creating a Restorative Ministry

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET (4 - 5:30 p.m. PT)
Zoom Conference

Discern ways of integrating restorative justice practices into a new or existing ministry to meet unaddressed needs, repair relationships, and create spaces for healing. This session will emphasize equitable leadership in a core team along with opportunities for training and mentorship. 

Featured Speaker: Andrea Travers, M.A., D.Min. (Insight Prison Project and Circles of Support and Accountability)

Session 3: Supporting a Restorative Initiative

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, 2021 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  PT)
Zoom Conference

Consider how your parish or institution might partner with external organizations dedicated to restorative justice and how to provide support that helps restorative justice thrive and grow. Participants will explore collaborative stakeholder engagement and assess the gifts and resources that the parish/ministry might offer a local restorative justice effort. 

Featured Speakers: Liane Rozzell and Bill Casey (Restorative Arlington Project)

Session 4: Becoming a Restorative Institution

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET (4 - 5:30 p.m. PT)
Zoom Conference

Learning from the “whole school” model of implementation, this session looks at ways to develop restorative justice as an organization’s primary response to internal harms and injustices. Here, participants will practice communicating their plan and evaluating the impact of their restorative approach. 

Featured Speakers: Fr. Larry Dowling (St. Agatha Catholic Church) and Kayla Jackson (Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church)

Co-sponsored By:

St. Thomas University Law School Initiative on Restorative Justice LogoUniversity of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice

Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition LogoRoundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors Logo