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.

As Catholics, we are called to respect the dignity of all human life⁠—regardless of the harm one has suffered or caused. That means we cannot simply stand by when experiencing COVID-19 behind bars could, for some, mean a de facto death sentence.

As Catholics, we are called to respect the dignity of all human life⁠—regardless of the harm one has suffered or caused. While CMN remains steadfast in its mission to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, we recognize that we cannot simply stand by when experiencing COVID-19 behind bars could, for some, mean a de facto death sentence.

Currently, many are living in self-quarantine or attempting some degree of social distancing as we each do our part to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This faith formation guide invites groups and individuals to reflect upon the Catholic call to restorative justice.

Responding to Pope Francis' call to mercy and encounter, this book is an invitation to consider our individual responses to harm, our communal responses to crime and how our criminal justice system falls short of promoting human dignity, hope and healing. Through scripture, personal stories, and eye-opening facts, each chapter encourages prayerful contemplation about ways to prioritize human dignity and the common good when responding to crime, incarceration and the use of the death penalty in the United States.

A selection of CMN's favorite books covering the topics of capital punishment and restorative justice.

Developing the traditional Catholic understanding of justice, offering a theological understanding of restorative justice, and explaining how it can be implemented.

Download and share these graphics to voice your support for those facing COVID-19 in U.S. prisons, jails, and detention centers, and encourage others to sign on to the Statement of Solidarity: A Catholic Response to COVID-19 Behind Bars.

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. 

When crime happens, the U.S. legal system asks three questions:

This resource contains different Bible passages and guiding questions to explore the Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice. 

Download the policy principles below to urge our political leaders and policymakers to do all they can to respond to this crisis of COVID-19 in jails, prisons, and detention centers, specifically with regard to the following areas:

This one-page handout gives an introductory overview of restorative justice and ways that practices can be applied in various settings.

Together we can transform our communities, our Church, and our criminal justice system.

When harm happens, asking restorative questions can help us begin discerning how to repair the damage done in a manner that models Jesus' reconciling way.

Download CMN's Film List at the link below for a collection of movies and documentaries concerning the death penalty and restorative justice.

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.

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).

A prayer by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Each year, Catholic Mobilizing Network offers a collection of Lenten Reflections as a way to integrate our shared call to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice with our personal Lenten journeys of repentance and preparation.

In November 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released its long-anticipated pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. This prayer closes the letter. It is a call for Catholics and all people of goodwill to combat racial injustices with love and unity.

This prayer card is a short, simple reminder of how deep the harm of crime reaches. Join us as we pray for all those affected by crime.  

Catholic Mobilizing Network offers this collection of Advent Reflections as a complement to this season of preparation for the coming of Christ.

Prepare for October's Respect Life Month activities with CMN's updated resource.

Racism is a wound—one that remains unhealed in our society, as evidenced by the modern-day lynching of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Hear how Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops responded to the killing, and learn how we are called to do the same.

Racism is a wound—one that remains unhealed in our society, as evidenced by the modern-day lynching of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Hear how Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops responded to the killing, and learn how we are called to do the same.

CMN Board Chair Mary Novak offers a reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter that illuminates restorative justice practices with the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

On April 2, 2010, Ann Grosmaire died after being shot by her fiance, Conor. Moved by their Catholic faith and inspired by Saint John Paul II's forgiveness of Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ann's parents, Kate and Deacon Andy Grosmaire, felt called to forgive Conor.

This webinar (broadcasted on April 22, 2020) explores how restorative practices can offer ways of coping with life amidst a global pandemic. The discussion features insights from Sheryl Wilson, an esteemed restorative justice practioinery and national leader.

Watch recordings of CMN's most recent webinars, and register to attend Empowering Church Leaders to Address Racism: Continuing the Conversation on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. 

Check out the recording and download the PowerPoint of CMN's latest webinar: Building a Culture of Life: End the Death Penalty and Promote Restorative Justice. Watch the webinar and learn:

These educational modules explore opportunities for restorative justice practices in the criminal justice system, parish communities and daily life. 

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.