CMN has created a wide-ranging collection of resources available for download and use. Below you will find our full catalogue of resources for your parish, school, community, or personal use. CMN has resources for all age groups, including youth, teen and even the whole family.

Simply use the filters below to sort by: Age (Adult, Family, Teen, etc.), Category (Educate, Advocate, Pray), Issue (Death Penalty, Restorative Justice), Type (Fact Sheet, Workshop, Video, etc.), and/or State then click the “Filter” button to find exactly the tool you are looking for.

Books

CMN's book list includes some of our favorite selections covering both the death penalty and restorative justice. Use this list as a guide to learn more about these topics, or as a tool to help your parish or community reading group engage with these issues at a deeper level. 

By David Matzko McCarthy, Trudy D. Conway, and Vicki Schieber, Editors

This new book on Restorative Justice serves as a guiding context for Catholic Mobilizing Network's work to promote restorative justice.

Infographic

Commonly seen as a justification for the use the death penalty, the Old Testament command "Eye for an Eye" is often misunderstood. This infographic breaks down this scripture passage and connects it to the larger call for justice and mercy seen throughout both the Old and New Testaments. 

This resource shows how we can bring the principles of restorative justice to our everyday interactions. 

There are many ways that we can bring restorative practices into our parishes. This infographic gives a few examples of approaches to doing so. 

This image gives examples of ways to bring about restorative justice in the criminal justice system. 

Lesson Plan or Study Guide

What does The Bible have to say about the death penalty and restorative justice? This resource contains different bible passages and guiding questions to explore The Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice. 

Podcast

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for part two of a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Prayer Card

Estas oraciones de los fieles subrayan nuestro llamado a ser defensores de TODA vida.

CMN's Prayer for Mercy is available for download as a sheet of 4 prayer cards. 

Prayer Service or Vigil

CMN's Holy Saturday Prayer Service serves as a way to explore one of the more profound - and underutilized - days of the liturgical year. Beginning from the darkness of Good Friday, this experiential prayer service invites participants to reflect on the role of harm in their own lives; and the lives of those impacted by the continued use of the death penalty and the larger criminal justice system.

Join us during the Lenten season for prayerful reflection and contemplation. Every Monday receive a special Lenten reflection for the coming Sunday. Available online and on social media. These reflections will unpack the scripture readings for the week through the lens of justice and mercy.

 Artwork by Sr. Richard Mehren, CSJ; courtesy of MinistryOfTheArts.org
When you work for the neighbor do it with a very unselfish love which expects no reward for its services, and aim at nothing other than helping him or her and being at the same time pleasing to God. - Congregation of St. Joseph Maxim 55

Join us during this Advent season for prayerful reflection and hopeful anticipation. Every Monday you will receive a special Advent reflection for the coming Sunday. The reflections are available online, on social media, and can also be downloaded as a complete set.

Theater Project

This inspiring one act play, created by Mimi Gisolfi DʼAponte, is based on the true story of  Sister Marion Defeis' experiences as a prison chaplain at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York and her work to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Toolkit

This October, the Catholic Church across the United States will observe Respect Life Month. This is a time when we are invited to renew our dedication to lifting up the inherent, God-given dignity of all human life.

Video

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1: Criminal Justice System Bishop Frank J. Dewane opens the day in prayer.

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for part two of a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Mobilizing Network's Executive Director, Karen Clifton, explains the concept of restorative justice and reflects on how it is tied to our Catholic faith.

Workshop or Retreat

This is a formational opportunity for small groups to learn about restorative justice as it relates to Catholic teaching and discern the call to restorative action in personal life, parish community and the criminal justice system.

CMN’s Restorative Justice Workshop provides an overview of restorative justice philosophy and explores this issue through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. A slide by slide Facilitator’s Guide and participant handout ensure you have everything you need to clearly present our stunning Prezi Presentation from opening prayer to closing discussion questions.

Catholic communities are, by their very nature, intergenerational. Our membership, liturgical celebrations and Sacramental moments bring together generations of family members as the faith is passed on from oldest to youngest. Family workshops, like CMN’s “The Advent of Mercy,” make this intergenerational character a defining feature, incorporating various age groups in a hands-on learning process designed to engage all members of the family unit.

This one to two hour intergenerational gathering provides a three segment introduction connecting each of these themes to restorative justice. It also provides families the opportunity to make take home activities to be used throughout Lent.