CMN Hosts Restorative Justice Circles Intensive

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Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you:

Restorative Justice Circles Intensive

with Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S. 

WHAT: In this workshop, participants will experience restorative justice circles and gain an in-depth understanding of their applications in instances of harm and beyond.


WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 5:30 - 8:00 PM and Friday, February 1, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM   

WHERE: St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

About the Intensive

CMN is pleased to welcome Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., founder and Executive Director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation to share his skill and experience in restorative justice ministry. Peacemaking circles are a foundational restorative practice that can be used to bring about healing for people and relationships impacted by crime. In addition to addressing instances of harm, circles can be useful tools for storytelling, reflection, and community building.

In this intensive workshop, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of restorative justice principles and practices. Through Fr. David Kelly’s 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 used in a Catholic context​
  • Experience the transformative power of participating in peacemaking circles
  • Discern and share opportunities to utilize restorative circles in their dioceses, parishes, and communities

CMN is hosting this event in conjunction with the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering taking place from February 2-5, 2019 in Washington, DC. The theme this year is Let Justice Flow (cf. Amos 5:24): A Call to Restore and Reconcile.

This workshop is open to all and is ideal for Catholic leaders who wish to build a deeper understanding of restorative justice practices in their dioceses, networks, ministries, and communities.

About Fr. David Kelly & Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Fr. David A. Kelly is the founder and Executive Director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) in Chicago, IL. In 2000, he, along with other members of his religious congregation, began PBMR to create a place for those who have been impacted by violence and conflict. PBMR reaches out to the one who has been harmed, to the one who has done harm, and to the community. They also strive to be a resource to other groups and communities who seek reconciliation.

Fr. David has worked for Kolbe House at Assumption, a parish-based jail ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, since 1985. For more than 30 years, he has worked as a chaplain in Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. He has experience working in jails/prisons in Ohio and Florida. He received his B.S. in Bio-Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College, a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies and a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min) from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His doctoral thesis is entitled Responding to Violence among Urban Youth: a Restorative Approach. He has been trained and certified as a mediator from DePaul University, as well as in the restorative practice of Peacemaking Circles. He has published articles and spoken on reconciliation, restorative justice, and jail/detention ministry.

Click Here to Register!

The deadline to register is January 18, 2019.

Cost is $75 per person (includes simple supper on Thursday evening and coffee service and lunch on Friday).

Space is limited. Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!


For those attending CSMG, the conference room block rate of $219/night begins Thursday, January 31. 

To reserve a room at Theological College (401 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017) at $105/night, contact Tim Murphy at or 202-286-0977. 


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

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